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Afghan president condemns truck bomb in Kabul residential area leaving 7 dead, about 400 hurt

  • Afghans gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the center of the Afghan capital, killing several people and wounding hundreds, police and health officials said Friday. Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the pre-dawn blast was near a Defense Ministry compound, but that all of the victims were civilians, including women and children. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghans gather at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the center of the Afghan capital, killing several people and wounding hundreds, police and health officials said Friday. Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the pre-dawn blast was near a Defense Ministry compound, but that all of the victims were civilians, including women and children. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the center of the Afghan capital, killing several people and wounding hundreds, police and health officials said Friday. Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the pre-dawn blast was near a Defense Ministry compound, but that all of the victims were civilians, including women and children. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the center of the Afghan capital, killing several people and wounding hundreds, police and health officials said Friday. Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the pre-dawn blast was near a Defense Ministry compound, but that all of the victims were civilians, including women and children. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Afghan police officer inspects the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the center of the Afghan capital, killing several people and wounding hundreds, police and health officials said Friday. Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the pre-dawn blast was near a Defense Ministry compound, but that all of the victims were civilians, including women and children. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    An Afghan police officer inspects the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015. A bomb hidden in a truck exploded in the center of the Afghan capital, killing several people and wounding hundreds, police and health officials said Friday. Police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi said the pre-dawn blast was near a Defense Ministry compound, but that all of the victims were civilians, including women and children. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has condemned a suicide truck bombing in a residential area of the capital, Kabul.

Police and health officials say seven people were killed and about 400 wounded in the blast early Friday, many of them civilians. A hospital official says 48 women and 21 children were among those hurt.

Ghani says in a statement that the attack apparently targeting civilians shows insurgents in Afghanistan are desperate.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It happened near a government complex and a military base and it's not clear whether they were the actual targets. It's also not known how the attackers smuggled a large amount of explosives into the heavily guarded city.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they weren't authorized to speak to journalists.