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  • Many security forces personnel were expected to be collecting their salaries ahead of this week

    Many security forces personnel were expected to be collecting their salaries ahead of this week's Eid holiday. | Photo: Reuters

The blast occurred around 10 a.m. on a street lined with banks and shops near the United States embassy, close to Kabul's diplomatic area. 

An explosion occurred near a U.S. embassy in central Kabul Tuesday, officials said, killing at least one person and injuring 8.

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"One dead and 8 wounded people have been brought to Kabul hospitals so far," Waheed Majroh, health ministry spokesman, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

The blast occurred around 10 a.m. on a street lined with banks and shops near the United States embassy, close to Kabul's diplomatic area. An official in the ministry explained that many security forces personnel were expected to be collecting their salaries ahead of this week's Eid holiday.

A spokesman for Afghanistan's interior minister, Najib Danish, confirmed that "An explosion has happened near Massoud Square in Kabul. We have no more details yet."

The explosion hit the capital a week after U.S. President Donald Trump committed American soldiers to Afghanistan indefinitely.

In May a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, killing about 150 and wounding around 400 people, mostly civilians.

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