30 Afghan Police Trainees Killed by Suicide Bomber

Afghan police soldiers inspect the site of a suicide attack in Kabul earlier on June 20. At least a dozen Nepalese security guards of a foreign logistic company were killed.  Photo: Rahmat Gul / Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying trainee policemen, killing 30 on Thursday about 20 kilometers west of Kabul, according to Afghan officials.

The police trainees were returning from a training center in Wardak province and were heading to the capital on leave, according to Mousa Rahmati, district governor of Paghman province.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to The Associated Press by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry confirmed the location of the attack and said a loud explosion had been reported, but he did not have any further details on the incident.