Multiple casualties in suicide attack near Afghan ministry

An injured youth is escorted to a hospital following a deadly attack outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in Kabul. (AP)

A suicide attacker blew himself up in front of a government ministry in Kabul on Sunday, killing or wounding at least 10 people, police said, in the latest deadly violence in Afghanistan.

The explosion happened at the rural rehabilitation and development ministry around 4:30 pm, police spokesman Hashmat Stanikzai told AFP.

Ministry spokesman Fraidoon Azhand said the bomber struck at a security gate as employees were exiting the compound to go home.

He said six people were killed and 12 were wounded, most of them ministry workers. Those figures could not be immediately confirmed.

It is the second time in just over a month that the ministry has been targeted by militants.

On June 11 a suicide bomber blew himself up as ministry workers queued for an early bus home during the holy month of Ramadan, killing at least 13 people and wounding 31.

ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack.

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