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A car bomb has exploded outside a private hospital in Kabul, killing 12 people and injuring at least 60.

A Health Ministry spokesman said at least nine civilians and one foreigner were killed in the incident.

NATO spokesman Colonel Brian Tribus said three civilian contractors had been killed in the explosion.

Officials say the target of the bomb was convoy of foreigners.

Several vehicles were also destroyed by the explosion.

The blast shattered the windows of Shinozada hospital, which is described as Afghanistan’s first private hospital.

The explosion on August 22 could be heard across the city. The heavily-fortified U.S. Embassy, which is located a few kilometers away, sounded its emergency sirens and loudspeakers.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP