Powerful car bomb rattles central Kabul late at night

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Posted: Aug 06, 2015 5:24 PM

KABUL (Reuters) - A powerful car bomb rattled houses across central Kabul in the early hours of Friday morning, police and interior ministry officials said, but the target was not immediately clear.

"Moments ago there was a car bomb in the Shah Shahid area. Civilian casualties are feared," deputy interior minister General Mohammad Ayub Salangi wrote on Twitter.

A hospital official said their facility had been flooded with patients, including many women and children. Most were arriving on foot, the official said, and were being treated for superficial injuries.

A Western security source said the target was probably a compound used by Afghan security forces in the area and as many as 15 people were killed in the blast.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni and Jessica Donati; Editing by Grant McCool)