17 Killed in attack near Afghan Supreme Court

Kabul, Jun 11 (EFE).- Seventeen civilians were killed and 39 others wounded Tuesday in a car-bomb attack targeting a bus carrying employees of the Afghan Supreme Court, Kabul's deputy police chief told Efe.

The vehicle rigged with explosives was detonated at around 4:30 p.m. in Masoud Square, near the U.S. Embassy, Dawood Amin said, adding that the fatalities include women and children.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the strike.

"Two suicide attackers detonated the explosives ... at the moment when the Supreme Court employees left the building," Taliban spokesman Zabiula Mujahid told Efe.

Disputing the official death toll, he said that 50 "oppressor employees of the Supreme Court" were killed.

It was the second large-scale Taliban attack in Kabul this week, following Monday's failed assault on the airport, which ended with seven insurgents killed.