Five killed in bombing in Afghanistan's Green Zone

Five killed in bombing in Afghanistan's Green Zone

In May, a massive truck bomb blast ripped through the diplomatic district, killing at least 80 people and wounding hundreds in a powerful explosion described by officials as "one of the biggest" to have hit the capital of Afghanistan.

The so-called Islamic State has said it was behind the attack. "There were no casualties to our personnel", Waziri said.

The site of the explosion is about 500 meters (yards) from the American Embassy. "It was a frightful scene", one witness told Afghanistan's Tolo news.

Afghan and Western security officials have said in recent days that they expected more attacks in Kabul in response to pressure being exerted on the Taliban and other insurgent groups by increased USA air strikes.

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The explosion was reported by the TOLOnews television channel.

A public health official said three dead and 15 wounded had been taken to city hospitals but a security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least seven people had been killed and 21 wounded.

Police confirm the blast near many foreign embassies and government departments in the Wazir Akbar Khan area.

A suicide bomber reportedly detonated his explosives in 14th Street in Wazir Akbar Khan - inside the Green Zone. Earlier, Taliban attack has killed four policemen in southern Ghazni province on October 23.

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