At least 24 people have been killed and more than 40 wounded after a suicide car bomb targeted a bus carrying ministry staff in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, officials have said.
Intelligence officials in a statement said that the bus was carrying staff of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum when it came under attack on Monday.
The attack happened just before 7am local time (02:30 GMT) and took place close to the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqi.
At least 42 were injured and there are fears the casualties could rise.
The blast in a mainly Shia district in the west of the city struck a bus carrying government employees from the ministry of mines.
The Taliban have said they carried out the attack. Kabul has seen a number of deadly attacks this year blamed on the Taliban or so-called Islamic State.
The bus was completely destroyed, along with three other cars and several shops in the area, said Kabul’s police chief spokesman, Basir Mujahed, adding children were among the wounded.
“The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times of the day,” said Mujahed.
“There were traffic jams with people going to work and to the university and schools. Many of the shops had just opened.”
The Hazaras are one of Afghanistan’s largest ethnic minorities, accounting for up to 20 percent of Afghanistan’s 30 million inhabitants.
On Monday, Kabul’s Hazara community was due to mark the one-year anniversary of an attack in the capital that killed 84 and wounded more than 300 people, mostly members of the ethnic minority.