Several people were killed and many injured in a suicide attack near Pul Charkhi prison here in Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.

According to an Interior Ministry official, a suicide bomber has struck outside the country’s largest prison on the eastern edge of the capital Kabul.

Among the people who died were prison workers and security personnel.

A vehicle carrying prison employees was targeted by a suicide bomber, Khaama Press news agency reported.

The sprawling Pul-e-Charkhi prison houses hundreds of inmates, including scores of Taliban.

According to Abadullah Karimi, a prison official, the attack occurred near the prison gate where a number of visitors were waiting to pass a rigorous security check before entering.

No individual or group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.


(With agency inputs)