Suicide blast kills 48 in Afghanistan capital Kabul

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A suicide bomb blast in the Afghanistan capital of Kabul has killed 48 people, and injured 67 others.

A suspected suicide bomber blew himself up outside an educational center in the western part of the capital, a mainly shi’ite area of the city.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The incident comes as the government faces pressure over a Taliban attack in the city of Ghazni, which led to five days of fighting in the capital, claiming the lives of hundreds of civilians and members of the security forces.

Tens of thousands of people have been trapped in the city since the militant group broke its defenses in the early hours of Friday morning.

The United Nations said, up to 150 civilians have been killed in violence in the strategic provincial capital.

Meanwhile, 17 soldiers were killed in Kabul on Wednesday after Taliban fighters overran a military base in the north of the capital. The assault came as a huge blow to government forces, which were already stretched as they battled the militant group in Ghazni.

The government has been struggling against a Taliban resurgence since NATO troops withdrew in 2014.

NATO troops have since been in Afghanistan leading a non-combat mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces.