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Suicide blast kills two at Kabul's foreign compound

Afghan security officials inspect the scene of a bomb blast in Kabul. Photo: 18 November 2014 Image copyright EPA
Image caption The Afghan security officials are conducting an investigation at the scene of the blast

At least two security guards have been killed in a suicide car bomb attack at a foreign-run compound in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, local officials say.

The attacker rammed his explosives-laden vehicle on the eastern outskirts of the city early in the morning. The guards are believed to be Afghans.

The area houses a number of facilities belonging to foreign companies as well as international military bases.

Taliban militants later claimed responsibility for the blast.

"It was a bomb in a small truck at the gate of a foreign base. Initial reports show two guards killed, several wounded," Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the ministry of interior, told the AFP news agency.

A huge plume of smoke was seen after the blast, which was heard across the capital, the officials said.

Kabul has been hit by a series of attacks in recent weeks.

Last Sunday, a suicide bomber targeted a prominent female Afghan politician, killing three civilians and wounding others in an attack on a Kabul convoy.

Shukria Barakzai, a women's rights advocate and ally of new President Ashraf Ghani, was slightly injured in the attack.

A week earlier, a suicide attacker entered the offices of Kabul's police chief in one of the most fortified areas of the capital and killed a senior officer.

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