Suicide Bomber Killed at Kabul Passport Office Gate

A spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry said the attacker was shot and killed while trying to enter the passport office premises

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Taliban fighters stand guard in Kabul last month.
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A suicide bomber was killed at the gate of a passport office in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, a government spokesman said, and several people were injured in the blast, according to unconfirmed reports.

A spokesman for Afghanistan's interior ministry said the attacker was shot and killed while trying to enter the passport office premises.

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One member of the Taliban who was a witness told Reuters multiple people were injured, and the building and streets around the area were locked down by Taliban security forces.

Large crowds of Afghans have been thronging outside the passport office in a bid to get travel documents in recent days after the service was restarted following weeks of suspension.

Officials said that Thursdays are reserved as a special day for Taliban officials to visit the passport office to make travel documents.

Numerous attacks have rocked Afghan cities since the Taliban takeover in August, most unclaimed but attributed to the Taliban's ideological foe, the Islamic State-Khorasan Province, or ISIS-K, the regional Islamic State affiliate.

Last month, scores were killed and wounded after gunmen detonated two explosives and raided the country's largest military hospital in Kabul.

The U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Tom West said last month that the U.S. is very concerned about the uptick in ISIS-K attacks across Afghanistan.

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