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Afghan Interior Ministry Says Blast Near Parliament Kills 20

Afghanistan -- Afghan security personnels gather as victims are treated at the site of a suicide car bomb next to a police base in Kabul, February 1, 2016

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry says a powerful explosion set off by a suicide bomber near the parliament building and a police station in Kabul has killed 20 people.

Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Ayub Salangi said in a tweet that 20 people were also injured in the blast, which was close to the city zoo entrance.

A Kabul police spokesman said the attacker stood in line with people waiting to enter a national police office and most of those killed were civilians. He said two police also died.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a tweet.

The explosion is the latest in a string of attacks in Kabul in recent months that have killed and injured dozens of people.

Based on reporting by AFP, AP, dpa, and Reuters