Kabul bomb blast: Explosion in embassy zone causes multiple casualties

Kabul bomb blast: Explosion in embassy zone causes multiple casualties

A suicide bomber struck near the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan's capital on Tuesday, killing five people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Afghan media reported the explosion took place in the city's Wazir Akbar Khan area. In a tweet, Swaraj said she had a talk with India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra after the attack and no Indian nationals were injured.

It was the first attack targeting the Afghan capital's "Green Zone" since a massive truck bomb ripped through the area on May 31, killing or wounding hundreds, and prompting authorities to strengthen protection. Health Ministry confirmed that 13 people have been killed and 13 have been wounded.

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Police confirm the blast near many foreign embassies and government departments in the Wazir Akbar Khan area.

A suicide bomber reportedly detonated an explosive device inside Kabul's 'Green Zone' in the vicinity of the Australian embassy. Earlier, Taliban attack has killed four policemen in southern Ghazni province on October 23.

The last major assault in Kabul was on October 21 when a suicide attacker hit a busload of Afghan army trainees, killing 15.

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