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Car bomb hits Kabul during morning rush hour

KABUL: A car bomb has exploded during the busy morning rush hour in the Afghan capital city, Kabul, killing at least seven people.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said there were 14 casualties in the explosion in the PD15 area of Kabul on Wednesday morning.

The blast occurred around 7:25 am local time (GMT 02:45) in the Qasaba area, Rahimi said, adding the bombing scene had not yet been cleared for the public.

An eyewitness said the victims have been taken away by ambulances. The blast also damaged several vehicles in the area.

A Counter Narcotics building and several foreign NGO offices are located in the area of the blast, but no group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Taliban insurgents fighting to overthrow the Kabul government and Daesh militants pushed out of Iraq and Syria carry out attacks in Afghanistan from time to time, but their targets usually differ.

The Taliban often attack foreign troops and Afghan government soldiers and employees, while the Daesh makes no distinction and mostly targets civilians.

Daesh militants, who escaped to Afghanistan after being defeated in Iraq and Syria, have established bases in Afghanistan. Some reports say the US has helped to transfer them to Afghanistan.

Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was reportedly killed in a US raid in northern Syria last month, but Russia as well as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have cast doubt on the allegation.

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