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Hundreds injured in Kabul suicide attack

“First, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden lorry on the gate of the department and then other armed attackers went in and started shooting…”

Masoud Popalzai and Zahra Ullah reporting for CNN: An explosion that took lives of seven Afghans and injured more than 300 was heard throughout all of Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday morning. The casualty report was relayed through by the country’s health ministry with possible updates to follow.

A confirmed cause of the explosion was a suicide car bomber, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi. The attack was aimed at the office of a security team that works to protect the government’s VIPs, an Afghan police official stated.

The Afghan Taliban took the responsibility for this attack, in presented statement.

"First, a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-laden lorry on the gate of the department and then other armed attackers went in and started shooting on the rest of the enemies," the statement said.

There are still two more potential suspects left in the area and the authorities are still searching for them. Police were given the order to shoot any Taliban terrorist in the surrounding area, Sediqi said; confirming that at least one armed insurgent was killed at the site.

Multiple witnesses said that gunfire continued even after the explosion, which means that car bomber had support. Ambulances carried the injured to several hospitals around Kabul, said the Afghan Health Ministry.

"President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani condemned the terrorist attack in Pule Mahmood Khan area, Kabul, which martyred and injured a number of Afghan innocent civilians in strongest terms," a statement released by the president's office said.

Ghani sent the following message from his office's Twitter account: "Today's terrorist attack near Pul-e-Mahmud Khan, #Kabul clearly shows the enemy's defeat in face-to-face battle with (Afghan National Defence and Security Forces)."

By Stefan Paraber for GIA

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