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Newsline: Taliban claims car bomb attack near Spain’s embassy in Kabul

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a guest house near the Spanish embassy in Kabul on Friday, and said fighting was still going on at the scene. Gunfire was reported immediately following the explosion, in a heavily protected area of the capital close to many foreign embassies and government buildings. Officials said police were on the scene. At least three insurgents appeared to be involved in the attack, a police official said. A Taliban spokesman said the attack targeted “an invader’s guest house”. At least seven people were brought to a hospital operated by the aid group Emergency, located around 700 meters from the Spanish embassy, according to a tweet from the organization, but there were no other reports of damage or casualties. The attack was the latest in a series against foreign targets in Kabul as the Taliban have stepped up their insurgency following the withdrawal of international forces from combat operations last year.



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