British embassy in Afghanistan says suicide attack targets its vehicle in capital



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KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber attacked a British embassy vehicle in the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, an embassy spokesman said, adding that the vehicle was not carrying any British diplomats.

Some people in the vehicle were wounded, but the extent of the injuries could not be immediately confirmed.

The attack took place in the east of the city, shaking parts of Kabul and sending a huge plume of dust and smoke into the air.

"Foreign vehicles were targeted by a suicide attacker on a motorcycle," Deputy Interior Minister Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi said. Earlier, a local police officer said the attacker was in a car packed with explosives.

The area of the blast in eastern Kabul has many foreign compounds and international military installations.

In recent weeks, insurgents have launched attacks on military convoys in the area and on compounds housing foreign service companies and their international employees.

Kabul has come under almost daily attack as insurgents intensify their war on local security forces and U.S. and NATO troops.

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