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Taliban claim Afghan bomb, say embassy was target

KABUL (AP) - The Taliban have claimed responsibility for Thursday's suicide car bomb in the Afghan capital, saying their target was the Indian Embassy.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement posted on the group's Web site that the attacker was an Afghan man who blew up his a sporty utility vehicle laden with explosives just outside the embassy.

Afghan officials says at least 12 people were killed and more than 80 wounded in the morning blast. The explosion occurred in an area that is also full of shops and near the Interior Ministry.

The Afghan capital has been hit numerous times in recent months by suicide bombers and roadside bombs.

The road in front of the Indian Embassy has been barricaded since a July 2008 attack that killed 60 people.


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