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  • Damaged buildings are seen after Sunday's attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 29, 2019.

    Damaged buildings are seen after Sunday's attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 29, 2019. | Photo: Reuters

Published 29 July 2019

A powerful blast rocked Kabul Sunday after a suicide bomber detonated his explosive belt near a former spy chief's office. 

Several people were killed on Sunday when a suicide bombing was carried out inside Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul, the government said in a statement on Monday morning.

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According to reports, t least 20 people were killed and 50 injured in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Sunday in a suicide bombing and gun battle at vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh’s office.

Saleh, a running mate of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, was slightly injured in the attack.

Afghan forces killed three militants who entered Saleh’s four-story office after a suicide bomber blew himself up during rush hour, said the interior ministry.

More than 150 civilians were rescued during the six-hour-long operation, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack that came only hours after Ghani and Saleh, along with more than a dozen Afghan politicians, launched their two-month long election campaign.

Presidential polls are expected to be held on Sept. 28 but the security situation has been deteriorating across the country with the Taliban and Islamic State fighters mounting near-daily attack on Afghan forces, government employees and civilians.

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