According to the Taliban, at least 20 people were killed and many more injured in a suicide bombing attack on the Afghan foreign ministry’s capital Kabul.
A spokesman for the Ministry said that the attacker tried to enter but failed.
Photo of the scene posted to social media showed that at least nine people were injured or killed as security personnel attended to them.
The attack was not immediately claimed as such.
According to Khalid Zadran, Kabul’s police spokesperson, the blast occurred at around 4pm GMT (11 AM GMT). He stated that officials were conducting an investigation.
Taliban-run government is fighting an Islamic State militant insurgency that has targeted foreigners at locations such as the Russian and Pakistani embassies as well as a hotel catering for Chinese businessmen.
The explosion occurred in a bustling time of day in a heavily fortified area that is surrounded with checkpoints. There are several ministries located in the street.
It was the second major attack on Kabul this year.
An earlier attack by Islamic State claimed responsibility, resulting in several deaths and injuries at the city’s military airfield. So far, no official figures on casualties have been released.
IS also attacked a Kabul hotel in December.