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IMAGES: Explosions rock Kabul after Obama leaves, 6 dead

Last updated on: May 2, 2012 12:26 IST

IMAGES: Explosions rock Kabul after Obama leaves, 6 dead

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At least six people were as explosions and gunfire rattled a major foreign guesthouse complex in killed in Kabul on Wednesday morning.

The attacks came hours after United States President Barack Obama left the Afghanistan capital after a surprise overnight visit.

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Image: Afghan security forces members inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul
Photographs: Reuters

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Fighting appeared centered around the secure residential compound -- Green Village, but it was unclear if it was the target. The private armed compound, which houses hundreds of international workers.


Image: The site of a car bomb attack in Kabul
Photographs: Reuters
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One of the first blasts was a suicide car bomb that exploded near Jalalabad Road, one of the main thoroughfares out of the city, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi.

A station wagon that was driving past was caught up in the explosion and four people inside were killed, Sediqi said, along with a passerby and a security guard.


Image: The car bomb exploded near Jalalabad Road
Photographs: Reuters

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The assault on the first death anniversary of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden came two weeks after Kabul was hit by its biggest attacks in 10 years of war, which saw squads of militants target government offices, embassies and foreign bases.


Image: Afghan security forces members keep guard at the site of a car bomb attack
Photographs: Reuters

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Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack. 

The US embassy immediately sounded alarm, saying its embassy was "under lockdown" and warned staff to "take cover, move away from the windows".


Photographs: Reuters

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