At least 20 people have been killed in a suicide bomb blast outside Afghanistan’s Supreme Court in central Kabul.
At least 48 more were wounded in the explosion near a side door to the building used by employees leaving work at the end of the day, Interior Ministry deputy spokesperson Najib Danish said on Tuesday.
The attacker approached on foot, detonating a vest rigged with explosives.
“When I heard a bang I rushed toward the Supreme Court’s parking lot to find my brother who works there,” witness Dad Khuda told Reuters, adding he had found his brother alive. “Unfortunately, several people were killed and wounded.”
It is not yet clear who was responsible for the Kabul attack, but twin bombings in the same area last month which killed around 30 people and injured 70 were also claimed by the Taliban.
Extremists have attacked the top court and its employees in the past, as well as court buildings in other provinces.
2017’s attacks come after a period of relative calm in Afghanistan’s capital despite the years of Taliban insurgency aimed at overthrowing the government and removing foreign soldiers from Afghan soil, as well as more recent attacks by Isis.
Last year was the deadliest year on record for civilian casualties since 2001, with 3,498 recorded deaths, the UN says.
An investigation into Tuesday’s Kabul attack is underway, the Interior Ministry said.