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Afghan police stood guard earlier this month when a rocket hit near the U.S. embassy in Kabul.
A massive explosion set off by the Taliban hit near the NATO headquarters in Kabul Saturday morning, disturbing the Afghan capital's relative peace less than a week before Afghan elections for presidential councils.
"The target was the U.S. embassy, but we could not reach it," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujhahid told Reuters of the blast, a suicide car bomb set off in the city center.
At least seven were killed and at least 91 were wounded in the blast -- including bloodied Afghan children, according to Afghan Ministry of Defense spokesman Mohammad Zahir Azimi.
Reporters couldn't gain immediate access to the restricted area as security swarmed into the area, where a plume of smoke rose after the hit. U.S. military spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias told the AP that the explosion hit near NATO's main gate and that the area is restricted.