Blast kills 12 outside Afghan Defense Ministry

At least a dozen people were killed Saturday in a bomb attack outside the Afghan Defense Ministry in Kabul.

According to Press TV, personnel of the defense ministry were among the fatalities. Twenty people were also injured in the blast.

Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi confirmed the bombing, without elaborating on the number of casualties. Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the cause of the blast was not clear.

However, a Taliban spokesman said the militant group claims the attack, which was meant to target Afghan military forces.

Kabul has increased the offensive against Taliban across Afghanistan recently.

The Saturday blast came hours after 11 people were killed in a similar attack in eastern Afghanistan. Reports said an attacker driving a motorcycle hit the entrance of the governor’s compound in Asadabad, the provincial capital of Kunar, near the border with Pakistan.