Dozens of Afghans were killed and more than 100 were wounded, including many children, in a car bomb explosion in the Afghan capital on Monday.
Authorities said almost 50 children were among the 105 injured in the blast, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, Tolo News reported.
Officials say the attack left up to 40 people dead, many security force members.
The Taliban said in a statement that it had killed “dozens of [Department of Justice] officers and soldiers” in the attack.
Interior Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi said the car bomb was detonated in Kabul targeting the Ministry of Defense’s logistics and engineering center, located in a township where more than 100 families reside.
The Afghanistan Football Federation, which is in the vicinity of the blast, said it caused “serious injury” to players and staff. Some, it said, were cut with glass as a result of the explosion.
Special forces officers cordoned off an area where they exchanged fire with five attackers. Authorities reported that all five had been killed by Monday afternoon following an eight-hour gunfight.Finland tops climate on EU leadership agenda