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7 killed, 15 wounded in suicide attack in Afghanistan

KABUL — Seven people were killed and 15 others wounded Sunday by a suicide bomber in the Afghan capital.

Police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai said a bomber on foot struck outside the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry. He said the death toll will probably rise.

No one immediately claimed the attack, but the Taliban and an Islamic State affiliate regularly strike government targets. Last month, a suicide bomber struck near the same ministry, killing 12 and wounding 31 others.

In a separate development Sunday, a United Nations report said the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan in the first half of this year rose by 1 percent, compared with the same period last year, to 1,692 — the highest six-month death toll since documentation of civilian casualties started in 2009. The UN said 3,430 Afghan civilians were wounded in the January-June period.

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Associated Press