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The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed 24 in Kabul

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The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that took place in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, killing 24 people and leaving 42 others wounded.

A suicide bomber drove a Toyota Corolla into a bus carrying government employees in a western Kabul neighborhood during rush hour.

"The bomber attacked at one of the busiest times of the day," Kabul's police chief spokesman Basir Mujahed said. "There were traffic jams with people going to work and to the university and schools. Many of the shops had just opened."

The bombing destroyed the bus, along with three other cars and several nearby shops. Mujahed added that the bus was carrying employees of the mines and petroleum ministry.

The Taliban issued a statement after the attack saying it targeted intelligence services and their employees. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said insurgents spent several months tracking the movements of the intelligence services employees before the attack.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the bombing saying, "Once again, these terrorist are attacking civilians and targeting government staff."

Monday's attack was the second aimed at employees of the mines and petroleum ministry. A similar attack that killed several people was carried out last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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