Among the 20 dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus, he told AFP. Another 20 people were wounded.
A high alert was sounded in the valley two days ahead of Republic Day and a message was circulated that an 18-year-old non-Kashmiri woman might "cause a suicide bomb explosion".
"The suicide bomber used an ambulance to pass through the checkpoints. He passed through the first checkpoint saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital and at the second checkpoint he was recognised and blew his explosive-laden car."
A suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul
In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car
The explosion took place at the shrine at a time when hundreds of people had gathered to pay their respect.
An assistant sub-inspector was killed and three BSF jawans injured when the three terrorists entered the BSF battalion headquarters at Gogoland, adjacent to the airport.
The explosion happened as worshippers were leaving a Shiite mosque in the north of the city after Friday prayers.
The attack comes as Iraqi Shiites mark the first day of the Eid al-Adha feast.
Mohammad Salim Rasouli, chief of Kabul hospitals at the Health Ministry, confirmed that the attack also wounded nine people
Kabul police spokesman Abdul Basir Mujahid told AFP a suicide bomber "detonated himself inside the mosque", adding that there were casualties but he could not confirm how many.
It was the insurgents' first major attack since US President announced that he was committing American troops to the war-torn country indefinitely.
A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.PTI Photo
Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.PTI Photo
A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.PTI Photo
Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan
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