The attack occurred at 4:00 p.m. local time on the access street to the public building, Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Hafiz Zia Ahmad Takel said, harshly condemning what happened.
Nisar Khan, an eyewitness, said about 15 people were lying on the ground moments after the blast. He cannot confirm, however, if they were dead or wounded, since the Taliban ordered the immediate evacuation of the area.
Images shared on social networks show inert bodies on the ground, while several people from the vicinity come to help them.
KABUL: Taliban send more armored military vehices and extra forces to southern Kandahar province days after Pakistan threatened to conduct preemtive attack on TTP hideouts in the Afghan soil. Taliban defense ministry also threatened to defend against any attack. #Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/OBZvc6jfzW
Another video shows a large group of people gathered in front of the hospital where the injured were taken, where they check a sheet on the wall for the names of the victims of the explosion, according to local channel Tolo News.
So far, the attack has not been claimed by any organization, although it takes place after a series of attacks claimed by the Islamic State – Khorasan Province (ISISK).
This organization, which is an affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) active in South Asia and Central Asia, became one of the main threats to security in Afghanistan after the rise to power of the Taliban in August 2021.
On January 1, the ISISK carried out another suicide attack in the military area of the Kabul airport. The Taliban government did not officially report the number of deaths.
The Taliban regime's repression intensifies while women have fewer freedoms than in any other country in the world, the economy has plummeted by at least 30% while international aid fails to arrive and the government in Kabul loses support. #Taliban#Afghanistanpic.twitter.com/2MpvMs1UTt