The Straits Times
Published on Nov 21, 2012

Large blast hits diplomatic area of Afghan capital


KABUL (REUTERS) - A large blast that was most likely a suicide bomb attack ripped through the heavily barricaded diplomatic area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday. There were an unknown number of casualties, a police official said.

"Around 8 o'clock today there appeared to be a suicide bomb attack ... We cannot say what the target was at this point in time," said Mr Hashmatullah Stanikzai, a spokesman for Kabul Police.

Mr Stanikzai said it was not immediately clear how many people had been killed or wounded, but there were casualties.

Embassy sirens sounded and ambulances could be heard after the blast, which happened in the area where the United States and British embassies and the headquarters of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are located.