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Taliban Claims Responsibility For Kabul Blast

30 August 2004 -- The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul, which is believed to have killed at least nine people.

U.S. military spokesman Major Scott Nelson today said that three Americans and three Afghans were killed in the blast. Afghan government officials say that three Nepalese were also killed in the blast.

The blast went off yesterday in front of the offices of the U.S.-based DynCorp security company, which is involved in work with Afghan government security forces.

Afghan Transitional Administration Chairman Hamid Karzai and the U.S. ambassador to Kabul, Zalmay Khalilzad, condemned the attack.

Western news agencies said they were contacted by a Taliban representative who claimed the militia was responsible for the attack.

The blast came after at least 10 people, most of them young people, were killed in an explosion at a religious school in Paktia Province. The premises were also used by a nongovernmental organization for teaching Afghan women. There has been no claim of responsibility.