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Bomb explosion in Kabul

A powerful bomb explosion in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, has killed at least seven people, including foreigners. The attack comes a day after a bomb blast in a southeastern province killed 10 people, mostly children.

Afghan officials and eyewitnesses say the explosion in Kabul Sunday evening hit the office of an American security firm, Dyncorp.

The private American firm provides security guards to protect Afghan President Hamid Karzai and non-governmental organizations in Kabul, says Voice of America.

According to the Bloomberg, two Americans, three Nepalis, and two Afghans, including a child, were killed in a truck bomb blast in front of the offices of international security company DynCorp in Kabul, AFP said, citing a statement from Afghan President Hamid Karzai's office. The blast, in the upscale Shar-i-Naw section, home to dozens of aid agencies, destroyed at least eight vehicles, AFP said.

DynCorp provides bodyguards for Karzai and is helping to train Afghanistan's fledgling police force. Taliban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi said a Taliban fighter detonated the bomb by remote control.

The school was in the village of Naiknaam, near the town of Zormat, 125 km (80 miles) south of Kabul, according to the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press agency.

The premises were also used by a non-government organisation for teaching Afghan women.

Paktia's governor said there were contradictory reports about the cause of the blast, with some saying it was an explosive device placed on a motorcycle parked outside the school and others saying a device was planted inside the school. No one has claimed responsibility.

Some 18,000 U.S.-led troops along with the newly formed Afghan National Army are hunting insurgents in the country's south and southeast.

Close to 1,000 people, including militants, soldiers, civilians, aid workers and election officials have been killed in the past year. On Friday, one of the Taliban's senior commanders was killed in a gun battle with U.S.-led forces and Afghan troops.

Commander Roozi Khan was killed in Shah Joy district of Zabul province in southern Afghanistan, Hakimi said, confirming a report on Sunday by the U.S. military, informs Reuters.

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