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Bomb goes off by accident at Kabul armory

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 7:04am  ET

Afghan children travel on a donkey cart near a gate used by NATO troops in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013. The Afghan Interior Ministry says a car bomb has exploded near a gate used by NATO troops in the northern section of the Kabul airport. There were no casualties in the attack. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan's intelligence agency says a large bomb has accidentally gone off inside a weapons depot in downtown Kabul. No one was hurt in the explosion.

Gen. Farid Shamal, deputy spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, says the bomb was part of a weapons cache that was seized from insurgents. It was stored inside a special depot in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Shamal says the blast was caused by a "technical issue."

The depot is located close to the headquarters of the U.S.-led international military coalition and the American Embassy.

The loud blast shook parts of downtown Kabul on Thursday.

On Wednesday, a suicide car bomb went off near a gate used by NATO troops in the northern section of the Kabul airport. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.


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