Afghan police keep watch at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan January 10, 2017 REUTERS
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Up to 50 people feared dead in twin blasts in Kabul
Suicide bomber and car bomb near parliamentary offices appear to have been coordinated Taliban attack, ministry of the interior says
A suicide bomber has blown himself up in the Afghan capital of Kabul, quickly followed by a car bomb nearby in what appears to be have been a coordinated operation, authorities said.
Initial eyewitness estimates put the casualty estimates in the incidents on Tuesday as high as 50. At least 21 people had died and 45 more wounded were taken to hospital, public health ministry spokesperson Imail Kawasi said.
The attacks occurred in an busy area home to government and legal offices, and were immediately claimed by the Taliban, who apparently targeted a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence agency staff.
A Taliban spokeperson said the insurgents had killed or wounded upwards of 70 people.
The attack comes after a period of relative calm in Afghanistan’s capital.
Earlier on Tuesday, Lashkar Gar in southern Helmand province was also hit by a suicide bomber in an attack that killed seven people.
The assailant had targeted a local intelligence officer, and both military personnel and civilians were among the dead, the local police chief said.
No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Helmand is the centre of the fight against the Taliban insurgency.