Blast hits embassy district in Afghan capital

A suicide bomber has detonated explosives inside Kabul’s diplomatic area close to the Ministry of Defense, police said. 

At least three people were killed and 14 others wounded in the blast at the 14th street of Wazir Akbar Khan area, the Public Health Ministry’s spokesman Ismail Kawoosi, told Al Jazeera.

The Ministry of Defense told Al Jazeera the explosion happened outside their building but they were not the target. Earlier reports said the attack targeted the Australian embassy in the same area.

The extent of damage was not immediately clear but witnesses told Al Jazeera that more than 10 people were killed and injured.

A series of attacks in Kabul this month, including one on a Shia mosque in the city, killed more than 70 people.

In May, a massive truck bomb blast ripped through the diplomatic district that killed at least 80 people and wounding hundreds in a powerful explosion described by officials as “one of the biggest” to have hit the capital of Afghanistan.