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Suicide bomber attacks foreign post in Kabul, kills five people

Suicide bomber on motorcycle attacks foreign compound in Kabul, kills at least five people

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives Tuesday morning near a compound in Kabul that houses foreigners, killing at least five people and injuring seven others.

The dead included a Nepali and a Peruvian. The nationalities of the others slain were not immediately available, said Hashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for the Kabul police.

The injured included six foreigners and an Afghan.

"We are not sure if the suicide bomber was a guard, but he was in guard uniform," Stanikzai said.

The post also housed the office of the deputy minister for counter-narcotics in the heart of the country's capital, Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salangi told the Associated Press.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message sent by its spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, who said the attack was on a foreign intelligence center.

The U.S. Embassy condemned the “attack on Camp Gibson in Kabul this morning which killed five foreign national security guards. … Attacks like this will not deter the Afghan people and the international community from continuing to work together to further the development of Afghanistan.

Baktash is a special correspondent.

 

 

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