KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- At least 17 people are confirmed dead after a suicide car bomb attack outside Afghanistan's Supreme Court in that country's capital today.
Authorities say about 40 others were wounded. It's the second consecutive day of militant attacks in the heart of Kabul.
The Taliban claimed responsibility, saying they were targeting judges who obey Western powers.
It's the deadliest attack in Afghanistan's capital since December of 2011, when a suicide bomber targeting worshippers at a Shiite shrine killed at least 80 people.
Today's explosion struck as court employees were leaving the building by the back entrance after the day's work. Police say the bomber specifically targeted buses carrying court workers.
Earlier today, the U.N.'s special representative to Afghanistan expressed concern over a surge in civilian casualties there in the first six months of the year.