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Huge explosion hits near foreign embassies in Afghan capital; several dead

A fatal car bomb attack has hit near foreign diplomatic missions and government buildings in the heart of the Afghan capital, Kabul.

According to witnesses and officials, an ambulance laden with explosives went off on Saturday at a police checkpoint near an office of the High Peace Council and a number of foreign diplomatic missions.

Reuters cited an Afghan Health Ministry official as saying that at least 17 dead and 110 wounded had been brought hospitals, and victims were still flowing in.

“It is a massacre,” said Dejan Panic coordinator in Afghanistan for the Italian aid group Emergency, which runs a nearby trauma hospital.

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