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Pakistan strongly condemns suicide attack in Kabul

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned a suicide attack in the Afghan capital that resulted in at least 20 casualties.

A spokesperson for the Foreign Office said Pakistan was deeply saddened by the loss of previous lives in the terrorist attack.

It offered condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of those injured in the incident, he added.

The spokesman said Pakistan strongly condemned such terrorist activities and reaffirmed its commitment to making every possible effort to help combat terrorism in the war-torn country.

According to the Afghan police, the death toll from the previous night’s suicide attack in Kabul soared to 20 on Friday.

The attack took place in the eastern part of the Afghan capital where dozens of security officers had gathered to protect a demonstration.

A suicide attacker blew himself up near the crowd of police and protesters, killing at least 11 people and wounding 25 others, officials said.

Initial reports immediately after the blast put the death toll at six officers but police official said that by Friday morning, the number of those killed had significantly increased.

No one has so far claimed responsibility for the bombing but both Taliban insurgents and the militant Islamic State group’s affiliate in Afghanistan have targeted the country’s security forces in the past.

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