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At Least 20 Die In Bombing Of Afghan Hospital


Afghan officials say 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide car bombing that targeted a hospital in Afghanistan's Logar province on June 25.

Din Mohammad Darwaish, the Logar provincial spokesman, said the blast targeted a hospital in Azra district and that the casualties were all patients, their visitors, and hospital personnel.

The Taliban denied it was behind the attack, with spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid saying: "We condemn this attack on a hospital... whoever has done this wants to defame the Taliban."

Militants in Afghanistan frequently target the Afghan police and other government employees as well as foreign forces in their near decade-long insurgency.

Earlier, there had been confusion over the death toll from the explosion as the Health Ministry declared 60 people dead, while local and Kabul officials gave differing totals.

compiled from agency reports