Afghan officials: Suicide bombing in Kabul kills 5 people

Afghan security personnel arrive at the site of an explosion near a bank in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. (AP photo)

KABUL, Afghanistan -- A suicide bombing on Tuesday in a busy commercial area in Kabul, near a string of banks and not far from the US Embassy, killed at least five people, Afghan officials said.

According to Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the explosion likely targeted a branch of the privately owned Kabul Bank. The US Embassy compound is located about 500 metres down the road from the bank.

Along with the five killed, the attack also wounded nine, said Mohammad Salim Rasouli, chief of Kabul hospitals at the Health Ministry. He warned that those were only initial reports and that the casualty toll could rise further.

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