The incident took place in Kabul (Picture: Crown Copyright).
At least 116 people have been injured in a car bomb explosion in Afghanistan.
The blast went off in a densely populated area close to a number of important government buildings in Kabul, near both the defence ministry and the Afghan Football Federation.
Twenty-six children are among those reported to have been wounded, with five schools being damaged.
Following the blast, a number of gunmen entered the ministry building and began a firefight with members of the security forces.
No group has admitted carrying out the attack - but previous bomb blasts in the same part of Kabul have been blamed on either the Taliban or so-called Islamic State extremists.
It comes as the seventh round of peace talks between the US and Taliban reach a "critical" stage.
Taliban spokesman, Suhail Shaheen said both sides are looking for "tangible results".
The talks are trying to hammer out the fine print of agreements that will see the eventual withdrawal of over 20,000 US and NATO troops from Afghanistan, and end America's longest-running war.
The agreements are also expected to provide guarantees that Afghanistan will not again harbour terrorists to carry out attacks worldwide.