Ten killed in suicide attack near Afghan capital

Afghan-cops Afghan policemen keep watch near the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 25, 2016 | Reuters

A suicide attack on a bus carrying staff from an appeal court killed 10 people and wounded four on Wednesday west of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came as the Taliban confirmed their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a US drone strike and would be succeeded by his deputy, Haibatullah Akhunzada.

Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, confirmed the incident.

Khaama Press quoted Danish, as saying that the attack took place in the 5th police district of Kabul. The target was a vehicle carrying appellate court employees of Maidan Wardak.

He added that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The Taliban had earlier vowed to target judiciary workers in retaliation for the execution of a number of its members by the Afghan government.

The Afghan government executed at least six militants over terror offences in Kabul earlier this month.

The execution of the militants followed days after a deadly attack in capital Kabul left at least 64 people dead and 347 others wounded.

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