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Powerful Bomb Blast Rocks Kabul, Killing At Least 10 Civilians


People survey their damaged houses at the scene of a bomb blast in Kabul on August 7.

A powerful suicide car bomb exploded near a government compound, rattling houses across the city and causing at least 10 civilian casualties in the early hours August 7, Afghan authorities said.

Kabul's police chief said at least 10 people were killed and 128 injured, dpa reported. Reuters quoted a Western security source saying as many as 15 people were killed.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came amid the Taliban's annual summer offensive.

The blast occured near the entrance of the Afghan National Army Intelligence Base, local residents said.

The explosion was so strong it was heard across the city, and shattered glass windows a couple kilometers away.

"A car bomb has exploded in Shah Shahid area that has caused damage and civilian casualties," General Ayoub Salangi, the
Afghan deputy interior minister, said on Twitter.

A hospital official said their facility had been flooded with patients, including many women and children. Most were arriving on foot, the official said, and were being treated for superficial injuries.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, AFP, dpa, and Khaama Press
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