Spanish Embassy possibly targeted in Kabul car bombing

KABUL -- A car bomb explosion that was claimed by the Taliban hit a diplomatic area of central Kabul on Friday, and Spanish officials said they believed their embassy had been attacked.

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Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Mohammad Ayub Salangi said the car bomb struck near a foreign guesthouse in Shir Pur, an area with embassies and other diplomatic buildings seen to be one of the safer parts of the Afghan capital. He said one person was wounded.

Additional details of the attack were not immediately available, but the Spanish embassy is in the area and a Spanish government spokeswoman said officials believed that the embassy had been attacked. She said authorities were still gathering information and could provide no further details. She spoke on condition of anonymity because of government policy.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the massive explosion that shook buildings in the area Friday, saying it was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Salangi said security forces were searching homes in the area, which was blocked off by security forces.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was expected to speak about the attack later Friday during a campaign appearance.

Associated Press writer Ciaran Giles in Madrid contributed to this report.


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