Islamabad deplores terrorist attack in Afghanistan

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The Islamic State (Isis) has claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide bombing in Afghan capital Kabul, which left 20 people dead and scores of others injured.

I.S. say the bomber, with an explosive belt, was targetting "a gathering of Afghan intelligence and police".

A regional affiliate of the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted the police.

All of the dead were police.

Nasrat Rahimi, a deputy spokesperson at the Interior Ministry, said that civilians and members of the security forces were among the casualties. An AFP reporter several kilometres from the scene heard the explosion.

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The Sunni extremist group has recently increased its attacks against Shi'a in Afghanistan - particularly in Kabul.

This comes as the local residents and eyewitnesses in the area had earlier said that the suicide attack took place at the end of a demonstration in the area.

In December alone, IS claimed three attacks that killed dozens of civilians.

At least 11 people were killed and 25 others were wounded in the latest violent act to rock the Afghan capital.

The blast happened close to a group of security personnel who were carrying out an operation against illegal drugs and alcohol dealing, officials said.