An injured man is carried out on a stretcher after a suicide attack in Faryab province north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 22.

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Police say that children are among the dead

Official calls attack retaliation by the Taliban

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility

Kabul, Afghanistan CNN  — 

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives Wednesday in a busy market in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more, police said.

Children were among the dead, all of whom were civilians, said Sayed Masoud Yaqoobi, a local police spokesman.

He warned the number of casualties could rise as several people have suffered life-threatening injuries.

The blast hit the market in Almar, a district of Faryab province near the border with Turkmenistan, around 11:30 a.m. local time Wednesday, Yaqoobi said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing.

Yaqoobi said police believe it was carried out by the Taliban, whom Afghan security forces have pushed back in the region.

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CNN’s Masoud Popalzai reported from Kabul, and Jethro Mullen in Hong Kong wrote this report.