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Suicide blast in Kabul kills 3 NATO soldiers, injures more than a dozen

A suicide bomb attack Tuesday morning killed three soldiers in Kabul, coalition forces said, and injured more than a dozen Afghans.

There is no information available yet on the names or nationalities of the victims. [UPDATE: The three fatalities were unidentified members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.]

The explosion took place near the U.S. Embassy and Afghanistan's Supreme Court, the Los Angeles Times reports. Witnesses say they heard a loud blast and saw plumes of smoke just a few minutes before 8 a.m.

The target was a convoy of coalition soldiers, said Mohammed Ayoub Salangi, a senior interior ministry official. In a statement, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.