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Kabul Hit by Twin Blasts, Afghan Taliban Claims Responsibility

KABUL, Afghanistan — Twin Taliban blasts tore through a busy area of the Afghan capital Monday, reportedly killing 24 people and injuring scores more.

The two explosions hit near the Kabul headquarters of the Afghan Ministry of Defense, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told NBC News.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Image: An Afghan policeman arrives at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul
An Afghan policeman arrives at the site of Monday's attack in Kabul. MOHAMMAD ISMAIL / Reuters

The first blast struck near the gates of the defense ministry and the second hit security forces responding to the initial explosion, according to Afghan officials and a Taliban statement.

At least 24 people were killed and more than 90 injured, Reuters reported.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement that the explosions showed the Taliban had lost its ability to fight the country's military head-on, resorting instead to attacking "highways, cities, mosques, schools and common people."

Monday's blasts came almost two weeks after gunmen attacked the city's American University of Afghanistan and killed 14 people.