Death Toll Rises To 7 In Kabul's Green Zone Bombing

Death Toll Rises To 7 In Kabul's Green Zone Bombing

Death Toll Rises To 7 In Kabul's Green Zone Bombing

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

The attack took place about 500 meters (yards) from the American Embassy, but there were no reports of foreigners killed or wounded.

A suicide bomber believed to be as young as 12 struck Kabul's heavily fortified diplomatic quarter yesterday and killed at least five people, showing that militants can still hit the heart of the city despite tighter security.

An explosion ripped through Kabul's Wazir Akbar Khan area where many foreign embassies and government departments are based.

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A defence ministry spokesman said that the blast happened outside their building.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

Western officials say the campaign has inflicted significant casualties on Taliban fighters in the provinces but say the battlefield losses may push the insurgents to attack Kabul and other high profile targets.

Earlier, a suicide bomber reportedly detonated explosives inside Kabul Green Zone close to Australian embassy. 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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