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A Taliban suicide bomber targeted the offices of Afghanistan's main national security agency in Kabul yesterday during the morning rush hour.
The attack, the worst in the Afghan capital in almost a year, is the first assault Kabul since the Taliban announced the launch of its spring offensive.
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An explosion has shaken houses in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital, Kabul and gunfire has been heard according to Reuters news agency.
A huge explosion was heard in Afghanistan's capital early on Tuesday, Reuters news agency reports.
The cause and extent of casualties, if any, were not immediately known.
The blast rattled windows in the heart of Kabul's diplomatic quarter and sirens were soon heard wailing.
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The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomber that attacked a foreign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least three international troops and injuring 13 people.
The blast happened just off a busy road that runs from the US Embassy to the airport, near the country's Supreme Court.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an emailed statement to journalists. The international military coalition ISAF did not have any immediate information.
The attack comes as the country's two presidential contenders continue negotiations to form some sort of national unity government.
A bomb attack near the US Embassy in the Afghanistan capital Kabul has killed four international troops, an official Coalition statement has said.
At least five were wounded in the blast, which was claimed by the Taliban. Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi earlier said on Twitter a suicide car bomber had targeted a convoy of foreign troops.
A huge blast has been heard in the Afghan capital Kabul. A large plume of smoke could be seen above the city, Reuters reports.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately known and no information on casualties was immediately available.
A fierce gunbattle between Afghan security forces and militants in a building near Kabul airport has now ended, according to reports by AFP.
BREAKING: All 4 insurgents killed by Forces, the area cleared now, no causality to forces: MoI