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Afghan blast 'a big blow for moral'

A suicide bomb attack on the Afghan defence ministry in Kabul has killed at least nine people, as the new US Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel visited the city.

A further 20 people were wounded by the bomber, who was on a bicycle, security officials told BBC News.

The BBC's Bilal Sarwary in Kabul said that the attack would "shatter the confidence of the Afghan people."

  • 09 Mar 2013
  • From the section Asia