Amrullah Saleh, a running mate of Ashraf Ghani, was slightly injured in the attack. The interior ministry said Afghan forces shot four militants and rescued over 150 civilians during the six-hour-long operation.
“At least 20 killed, including 16 civilians and 50 more injured in the attack,” said Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
The terrorist attack was strongly condemned by various entities and Afghan politicians, urging security agencies to provide the security.
No group or individuals have claimed responsibility yet.