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A suicide bomber killed eight Afghans on Tuesday blocks from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, in an attack that targeted a neighborhood in which many former and current Afghan officials live.

Afghan officials said the dead comprised four men and four women and that more than 40 people were wounded. Two witnesses said they saw a police officer lying dead near the blast, but a government spokesman said all the casualties were civilians.

President Hamid Karzai issued a statement Tuesday afternoon calling the attack “an inhuman and un-Islamic act of terror.”

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