November 16, 2016 / 4:46 AM / 2 years ago

Islamic State claims responsibility for Kabul suicide bomb attack

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber on a motorbike on Wednesday killed four people and wounded 10 in an attack on a vehicle carrying national security officials in the Afghan capital, police said.

An Afghan policeman stands guard at the site of a suicide bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, November 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail

Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which occurred during morning rush hour in Kabul.

“The martyred brother Talha al-Khorsani was able to infiltrate a bus transporting elements from the apostate Afghani intelligence and detonated his explosive vest,” Islamic State said in a statement posted on social media.

The attack highlighted the precarious security climate in Kabul, involving not only Islamic State and a Taliban insurgency but also a wider breakdown in law and order as government control has weakened.

Reporting by Mirwais Harooni in KABUL and Mostafa Hashem in CAIRO; Writing by Randy Fabi; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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