Bomb explodes outside Afghan Ministry of Justice

2015-05-19 15:38
The shattered window of a damaged car at the site of suicide bomber attack near Kabul's international airport in Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

The shattered window of a damaged car at the site of suicide bomber attack near Kabul's international airport in Afghanistan. (Rahmat Gul, AP)

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Kabul - A car bomb exploded in the parking lot of Afghanistan's Ministry of Justice on Tuesday as civil servants were due leave work for the day, police said.

There was no immediate word of any casualties. Sirens could be heard in the minutes after the blast as rescuers and police rushed to the scene.

It was the fifth major attack in Kabul in just over two weeks, coinciding with a new offensive by Taliban insurgents across the country.

A police official said a car packed with explosives detonated in the ministry's car park in the late afternoon. He had no further information.

The blast sent a plume of black smoke billowing above the city and was strong enough to rattle windows several kilometres away in Kabul's diplomatic district.

No one immediately claimed the bombing, but the Taliban have already attacked employees of Afghanistan's justice system this month, twice slamming car bombs into buses carrying employees of the attorney general's office.

At least four people were killed in the two previous attacks.

On Sunday, a suicide car bomber rammed a convoy of the European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan, killing two Afghan civilians and a British security contractor.

Four days earlier, gunmen opened fire inside a Kabul guest house popular with foreigners and killed 14 people.

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