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20 killed by suicide blast at Afghan Supreme Court

Twenty people were killed and nearly 50 others injured by a suicide blast at Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in Kabul on Tuesday, officials said, the latest attack to rock the war-torn capital.

A suicide bomber on foot detonated as employees were boarding a bus to go home in the parking lot of the court compound, located on the road leading from the international airport to the US embassy, interior ministry spokesman Najibullah Danish said.

Health ministry spokesman Waheed Mayar said 20 people were killed and 48 others injured. He added that women and children were among the wounded.

Police blocked off the road around the compound as panicked relatives of court employees gathered and ambulances and fire trucks arrived at the scene.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast came after twin Taliban explosions tore through employees exiting a parliament annexe in Kabul last month, killing at least 30 people and wounding 80 more.

The carnage underscores growing insecurity in Afghanistan, where US-backed forces are struggling to combat a resilient Taliban insurgency as well as al-Qaeda and Islamic State militants.

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