Taliban suicide car bomber hits foreign motorcade near US Embassy in Afghanistan, wounding 13

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A Taliban suicide car bomber attacked a foreign motorcade just a couple hundred yards (meters) from the U.S. Embassy, unleashing a blast that injured at least 13 people and rattled nearby neighborhoods, police officials said.

Faird Afzalai, the chief of criminal investigations for Kabul's police, said the bomber targeted a foreign convoy, but he did not immediately have further information about nationalities involved.

Ashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for the Kabul police who gave the wounded figure, could not immediately say if anyone was killed.

The blast happened just off a busy road that runs from the U.S. Embassy to the airport, near the country's Supreme Court.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an emailed statement to journalists. The international military coalition ISAF did not have any immediate information. A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman did not answer her phone.

The attack comes as the country's two presidential contenders continue negotiations to form some sort of national unity government.

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