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Suicide car bomb hits western Kabul

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 24/07/2017
The attack took place in a neighbourhood that is home to many Shia Hazaras [Al Jazeera] © Provided by Al Jazeera The attack took place in a neighbourhood that is home to many Shia Hazaras [Al Jazeera]

At least 24 people have been killed and more than wounded after a suicide car bomb attacked targeted Afghanistan's capital Kabul, police said.

The target of Monday's attack was unclear, Najib Danish, a police spokesman, told AFP news agency, adding that the casualty toll could rise. 

The attack came just before 7am and took place in a neighbourhood that is home to many Shia Hazaras, a persecuted ethnic minority.

The bomb detonated close to Hazara leader Mohammed Mohaqeq's house.

Al Jazeera’s Jennifer Glasse, reporting from Kabul, said the Hazaras had postponed a demonstration planned for Monday because of security risks.

The community was planning to commemorate a suicide bombing that had killed 84 and wounded hundreds on July 23 last year.   

“Security has been very tight in Kabul," Glasse said. "Just this morning, we saw that new gates have gone up in the city to keep large vehicles from getting into the centre."

The latest suicide bombing adds to the unrelenting violence in Afghanistan, where at least 1,662 civilians were killed in the first half of the year.

It came two weeks after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group claimed an attack on a mosque in the capital that killed at least four people.

Kabul has accounted for at least 20 percent of all civilian casualties this year, including at least 150 people killed in a massive truck bomb attack at the end of May, according to UN figures. 

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