On Monday, at least six civilians were killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul near a security checkpoint leading to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, police reported.
"In Malik Asghar Square ... a suicide attacker before reaching the target was identified at a checkpoint and killed, but his explosives detonated,” Kabul police spokesperson Khalid Zadran said.
He noted that several people were wounded, including 3 Taliban security force members.
He did not name the target, but the blast occurred in the busy downtown area near a checkpoint guarding a heavily fortified street housing several government buildings, including the foreign ministry.
The director of the nearby emergency hospital, which is run by an Italian NGO, mentioned that he had received 12 injured people and two dead bodies.
Kabul and other urban areas have suffered several attacks in recent months, some of which have been claimed by ISIS militants.
An explosion in January killed at least five people and injured dozens at the State Department as employees streamed out of the building at the end of the workday.
The Taliban administration explained that it is focused on securing the country and has carried out several raids against suspected ISIS members in recent weeks.
Monday's incident happened around lunchtime when the city is particularly crowded as government office workers leave early in the day during the holy month of Ramadan.