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Blast hits peacekeeping vehicle in Afghanistan

A car bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday near a building where a new parliament is due to meet for the first time next week, killing a suicide attacker and one other person, police said.
/ Source: Reuters

A car bomb exploded in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday near a building where a new parliament is due to meet for the first time next week, killing a suicide attacker and one other person, police said.

The explosion on a road between the Kabul zoo and the former King’s palace in the west of Kabul damaged a NATO peacekeeping vehicle, but initial reports said there had been no casualties among the soldiers, a spokesman for the peacekeepers said.

A police officer at the scene, who did not want to be identified, said a car bomb had killed a suicide attacker and one other person.

Wreckage of a burnt-out car could be seen about 500 yards from the building where Afghanistan’s first elected parliament since the 1970s is due to hold its first session on Monday.

Major Andy Elmes of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said an ISAF vehicle suffered minor damage. “First reports are no casualties on the ISAF side,” he said.