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Afghan officials: Suicide bomber strikes in Kabul, killing 5

Associated Press logo Associated Press 12/04/2017
Security forces stand by after a suicide bomber detonated his payload near government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry says it is not yet clear how many people might have been killed or wounded in the blast in central Kabul. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) © The Associated Press Security forces stand by after a suicide bomber detonated his payload near government offices in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, April 12, 2017. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry says it is not yet clear how many people might have been killed or wounded in the blast in central Kabul. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan — An Afghan official confirmed that at least five people were killed when a suicide bomber on foot carried out an attack in the capital, Kabul.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, said three others were wounded in Wednesday's blast in central Kabul.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack via the IS-run Amaq news agency.

The attack took place near the country's Defense Ministry compound, as well as a city police station.

Last month around 50 people were killed after militants stormed a military hospital in Kabul; that attack was also claimed by the Islamic State group.

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