Suicide Blast at Kabul Police Academy kills 35

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Kabul: A suicide attacker struck near the Kabul police academy on Friday, officials said, with casualties feared in the second major attack in the Afghan capital in 24 hours. "A suicide bomber on foot blew himself up near the academy," said Deputy Interior Ministry Spokesman Najib Danish. Already 35 people have been reported dead in the attack.

Kabul Deputy Police Chief Gul Agha Rouhani confirmed the suicide attack. The bombing comes less than 24 hours after a truck bomb tore through central Kabul, killing 15 civilians and wounding 240 others in the first major attack in the Afghan capital since the announcement of Taliban leader Mullah Omar's death.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for either of the attacks, which come as the Taliban steps up their summer offensive despite a bitter power transition within the militant movement.

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