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A powerful explosion shook central Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, killing
A powerful explosion shook central Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, killing at least five people and wounding another five on Thursday.

A source in the Afghan Defense Ministry said the explosion occurred inside the press conference room of the Ministry of Information and Culture and was the work of a suicide bomber.

"Another terrorist was killed by security officers," the source said.

According to France Press, the hard-line Islamic Taliban movement claimed responsibility for the attack in a telephone call, but said it was "carried out by three men," and that two of them had escaped.

The Taliban, ousted from power in Afghanistan after a U.S.-led military operation in 2001, has stepped up its activities over the past year, with an increase in suicide bombings and other attacks.

On October 16, Taliban militants stopped two buses carrying 77 people in the southern Kandahar region and massacred over 30 of the passengers, accusing them of collaborating with the central government.


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