Kabul blast: Death toll rises to 20

Afghan security forces inspect the scene of the suicide attack in Kabul Afghanistan

"Kabul police forces were there to prevent a possible protest when a suicide bomber approached them and detonated his suicide vest", Mujahid said.

Initial reports immediately after the blast put the death toll at six officers but police official said that by Friday morning, the number of those killed had significantly increased.

The sources said 30 others were wounded in the explosion.

Tolo News reported that local residents had participated in a street demonstration in the area earlier in the day.

Afghans are prohibited from selling or consuming alcohol in the Muslim-majority country.

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In a statement Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani called the attack "inhumane" and against the tenets of Islam. "The US strongly condemns today's barbaric attack at a cultural and social centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, and offers its deepest condolences to the victims and their families", she said.

In December alone IS claimed three attacks that killed dozens of civilians.

The attack took place close to the ninth police district near the Shinozada Private Hospital. No group has yet claimed that attack.

USA forces led an invasion to drive Taliban extremists from power after Al-Qaeda militants whose leaders were sheltering in Afghanistan carried out the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

On Wednesday, Afghanistan's spy agency announced it had busted a 13-member IS cell in Kabul that had been hatching "a series of big terrorist attacks" in the city.

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