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Monday Kabul blast injures US embassy workers

KABUL, Afghanistan — Several people at a U.S. Embassy compound in Kabul were among the injured in Monday’s massive truck bomb attack, an embassy spokesman said.

Two Afghans were killed in the blast and more than 30 wounded, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

The blast from the bomb, which contained an estimated 3,000 pounds of explosives, could be felt miles away. Photos by witnesses showed heavily fortified walls obliterated, damaged buildings and a gaping crater in the road. The bomb damaged buildings and shattered glass far from the blast site.

Residents were still cleaning up Tuesday evening.

The embassy spokesman did not say how many personnel were wounded at Camp Sullivan, which houses embassy staff and contractors and is located near Kabul’s international airport. Some of the wounded were evacuated by coalition military transport and were being treated at base hospitals.

No Americans were killed in the blast, said the embassy spokesman, who did not specify the nationalities of the injured. The Taliban claimed credit for the attack.

There are three compounds close to each other in the area, which is near a major foreign military base. There was confusion initially about exactly what buildings were hit by the bomb. Even a day later, media were kept hundreds of yards away from the blast site by Afghan police, who said foreign troops had ordered them to keep reporters away.

The bomb was one of two on the same road Monday day and fourth to hit the capital in a little over a week.

Insurgent attacks have spiked since Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a new effort to start peace talks with insurgents to end the 14-year-old war.

druzin.heath@stripes.com
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