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Afghan official: Huge blast in downtown Kabul, casualties expected

  • A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard at the site of a suicide car bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing several people, an Afghan official said. The attack happened in the car park of the Justice Ministry when a car packed with explosives was detonated, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard at the site of a suicide car bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing several people, an Afghan official said. The attack happened in the car park of the Justice Ministry when a car packed with explosives was detonated, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide car bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing several people, an Afghan official said. The attack happened in the car park of the Justice Ministry when a car packed with explosives was detonated, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of a suicide car bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing several people, an Afghan official said. The attack happened in the car park of the Justice Ministry when a car packed with explosives was detonated, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard on the top of a building after a suicide car bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing several people, an Afghan official said. The attack happened in the car park of the Justice Ministry when a car packed with explosives was detonated, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    A member of the Afghan security forces stands guard on the top of a building after a suicide car bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. A large suicide car bombing struck downtown Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, apparently targeting justice ministry employees and killing several people, an Afghan official said. The attack happened in the car park of the Justice Ministry when a car packed with explosives was detonated, said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

An Afghan official says a huge explosion has taken place near a busy shopping district of the capital, Kabul.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi confirmed Tuesday's blast but did not immediately have further details.

The blast happened in the car park of the Justice Ministry, which is close to one of Kabul's busiest commercial areas.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene says ambulances and police cars are taking wounded people to hospital. He says windows in buildings surrounding the Justice Ministry have been shattered.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast.

The Taliban said they were behind an attack on a Kabul guesthouse last week that killed 14 people, including nine foreigners, and a suicide car bombing this week that killed three people.