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Up to 40 Afghan police recruits killed, 50 injured

A suicide bomber attacked 5 buses carrying trainee policemen on Thursday, killing 40, and 50 injured, Afghan officials said.

An interior ministry official said at least 30 people were killed and 40 wounded.but other sources say up to 40 policemen have been killed.

The attack took place some 20 kilometers west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, according to Mousa Rahmati, the district governor of Paghman. He said the trainee police officers were returning from a training center in Maidan Wardak province and were heading to the capital on leave.

The Taliban said it was behind the attack in an email sent to AP by spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid.

This is the second major terror attack in Kabul this month. It comes 10 days after an attack on a bus carrying Nepali security guards working for the Canadian embassy in Kabul that killed 14 people.

In April, at least 64 people were killed by a Taliban attack on a security services facility in Kabul in the deadliest bombing of its kind in Afghanistan since 2011.

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