It was the latest in a series of such attacks that have rocked the Afghan capital in the past month.
Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, Afghanistan’s deputy interior minister, said on Twitter that the assault occurred in the afternoon near Deh Mazang Square, in the west of the city, where several police stations are, including those of the border police and the National Civil Order Police.
“The attack by one suicide bomber left 10 people martyred and 20 wounded,” General Salangi said. “Most of the martyred and the wounded were civilians.”
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement.
The recent increase in urban attacks by the Taliban, in addition to a territory-gobbling offensive across the country, has coincided with international efforts to restart peace talks that stalled in July after it was revealed that the movement’s leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, had died in 2013.
Officials from Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States are expected to meet for a third time soon to chart a road map for bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.
At least 235 people were killed and another 109 injured in an attack on a Sufi mosque in Egypt's North Sinai region on Friday, Egyptian state-run media reported, in what appears to be the deadliest terror attack on Egyptian soil.
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