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24 civilians killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

24 CIVILIANS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN SUICIDE ATTACK

At least 24 people were killed and more than 40 injured when a suspected suicide car bomb targeted a bus carrying government employees in western Kabul on Monday, according to the Ministry of Defense.

Police spokesman Basir Mujahed told Anadolu Agency the suspected car bomb exploded at around 6.30 a.m. local time (0200GMT) when a bus carrying employees of the Ministry of Petroleum and Mines passed.

The attack took place in a district that is considered to be safer than other parts of the capital, where several senior government officials such as Mohammad Mohaqeq, the deputy to Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, reside.

"Unfortunately, the death toll in today's suicide attack has gone up," Ministry of Defense spokesman Najib Danish said in a statement. "We have 24 martyrs and 42 others are wounded, all are civilians."

The latest attack comes after the government promised to make sweeping reforms in the security sector, and carry out a major overhaul in Kabul after a massive truck bombing in the diplomatic corridor on May 31 that killed more than 150 people.

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