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Afghanistan: Death toll rises to 20 in Kabul suicide attack

An Afghan security force walks past a burnt vehicle after Sunday’s attack at the site in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Jul 29, 2019, 10.30 AM (IST) Edited By: Riya Gupta

The death toll in Afghanistan's capital Kabul suicide bombing and gut battle have gone up to 20. Around 50 people injured in the attack.

The attack took place on a road near the private Ghalib University and Shahid Square, a four-way intersection. 

Later the gunmen had entered the university building and were targeting the main political office of the vice presidential candidate, Amrullah Saleh.

Saleh was wounded by shrapnel before being safely evacuated from the office of his Afghan Green Trend Party.

More than 150 civilians were rescued during the six-hour-long operation, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Presidential polls are expected to be held on Sept. 28 but the security situation has been deteriorating across the country with the Taliban and Islamic State fighters mounting near-daily attack on Afghan forces, government employees and civilians.