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Series of attacks hit diplomatic targets in Afghanistan

A NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier inspects a British embassy vehicle which was targeted in a suicide attack along the Kabul-Jalalabad road in Kabul.

An explosion shook houses in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital shortly after 7 p.m., according to witnesses, who also heard gunfire after the blast. A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy car earlier, killing at least five people.

The blast was caused by a car bomb, according to a military commander, who said the target was a foreign guesthouse in the Wazir Akbar Khan area, where many embassies and international organisations are located, including First Deputy President Abdul Rashid Dostum's heavily fortified compound.

"Two or three insurgents have entered the compound. Our forces are there and the fight is ongoing," the commander of 111 Military Corps Kabul, Qadam Shah Shaheem, said.

The explosion follows an attack earlier in the day on a British embassy vehicle that killed five people including one British citizen and injured 33, including many bystanders.

A spokesman for the police confirmed the later attack had targeted a foreign guesthouse but gave no further details.

The Taliban swiftly claimed responsibility for the blast, saying their fighters had targeted an "important centre of the enemy".

This wave of bombings hits Kabul as the majority of foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.

Attacks targeting foreign embassy personnel are less common than the near-daily bombings striking Afghan and international military forces on the country's roads.

The Afghan capital has been hit by a wave of attacks in recent weeks and today's bombing was at least the fourth since Monday, when two American soldiers were killed in a powerful blast close to the airport.

While not common, attacks against diplomatic missions and personnel in Afghanistan show a determination to target anyone associated with the US-led mission.

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