Blast rocks diplomatic zone in Kabul

Blast hits embassy zone in Kabul 13 feared dead

Local agency TOLOnews‏ said the blast took place in the city's Wazir Akbar Khan district.

Defense ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said the attacker "made it through the first checkpoint but was stopped at the second checkpoint and detonated".

A suicide bomber detonated his explosives inside the Green Zone in Kabul city on Tuesday, killing at least five people and injuring almost two dozens other.

The so-called Islamic State has said it was behind the attack.

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The site of the explosion is about 500 meters (yards) from the American Embassy.

A public health official told TOLO News that three dead bodies and 21 injured had been taken to city hospitals. A Reuters witness reported that a loud blast shook windows and doors in the area.

Daesh claimed responsibility for the latest attack through its propaganda website Amaq. Earlier, Taliban attack has killed four policemen in southern Ghazni province on October 23.

Security in Kabul has been ramped up since the May truck bomb that went off on the edge of the Green Zone, killing around 150 people and wounding 400 others. Gen. Dawlat Waziri said: "At around 4 p.m. a suicide attack took place close to the global affairs office of the Ministry of Defense".

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