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Taliban Claim Responsibility For Kabul Bombing

Afghan security forces shout as they keep watch at the site of a huge blast that struck the entrance to Kabul airport on August 10.

A Taliban spokesman has claimed responsibility for a major explosion that struck a checkpoint outside the entrance to the Kabul airport.

Authorities say at least five people were killed and 16 injured by a suicide car-bomber on August 10, although casualty reports are still being confirmed.

An Interior Ministry official was quoted as saying "there are both civilian and security-forces casualties."

The AFP news agency reported numerous ambulances at the scene.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the attack targeted the occupants of two vehicles who were all foreigners. He denied that any Afghans had been killed.

The Afghan Interior Ministry denounced the attack as "heinous," saying it "goes against the values of humanity."

The explosion comes just days after a series of suicide attacks in Kabul left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

The August 7 attacks marked the bloodiest day in Kabul since the withdrawal of most international combat troops at the end of 2014.

Based on reporting by Reuters, dpa, and AFP