Suicide Bomber Strikes Outside Police Office in Afghan Capital

KABUL (Reuters) -
An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan February 1, 2016. A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday after joining a queue of people waiting to enter an office of the civil order police, a police spokesman said. REUTER/Omar Sobhani TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
An Afghan policeman keeps watch at the site of a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday. (Reuters/Omar Sobhani)

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday after joining a queue of people waiting to enter an office of the civil order police. Ten people were killed and 20 wounded, most of them civilians, Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Ayub Salangi said. The blast was in the Dehmazang area in the west of the city.

The city was hit by a series of suicide attacks last month, including one that killed seven journalists from a private media station as the Taliban stepped up their campaign against the Western-backed government.

The attacks coincided with renewed efforts to revive a peace process with the Islamist terror movement that stalled last year.

The Afghan National Civil Order Police (ANCOP) was set up as a gendarmerie-style unit to control riots and urban disorder but has also been used in counterinsurgency roles against the Taliban.