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Suicide bomber attacks foreign post in Kabul, kills five people

Suicide bomber attacks foreign post in Kabul, kills five people
Afghan men look on amid broken glass and debris at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul on July 22. (Shah Marai / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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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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