Police: Multiple casualties in Afghan 'suicide' blast

The explosion outside the Afghan defence ministry in Kabul has caused multiple casualties, Afghan officials have said.

A police spokesman said an apparent suicide attacker on a bicycle hit the main entrance to the building around 9:00am local time.

US defence officials have confirmed defence secretary Chuck Hagel, who is visiting the country, was in a safe location and unharmed.

He had been in a meeting at a coalition facility in the city at the time of the blast.

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Deadly suicide attack in Kabul

At least nine people have been killed and fourteen injured in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. The bomber targeted the country's Defence Ministry building in Kabul.