Deadly blast hits embassy district in Afghan capital

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At least five people, including a woman were killed and 23 others injured in a Daesh-claimed suicide attack in capital Kabul's diplomatic area on Tuesday, according to a Health Ministry spokesman.

The blast took place in Wazir Akbar Khan area.

It was the first attack targeting the Afghan capital's so-called "Green Zone" since a massive truck bomb ripped through the area on May 31, killing or wounding hundreds.

The attack struck the heart of the city's diplomatic area, where many embassies and the head offices of major global organizations including NATO's Resolute Support mission are located.

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Hospital officials told TOLOnews that at least seven people were killed and 21 wounded.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.

The target of the attack was not immediately clear but as well as foreign embassies, the area contains a defense ministry department dealing with foreign relations and several private businesses, including a barber and a travel agency.

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

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