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Suicide bomb attack in heart of Kabul kills five

At least five people have been killed and 10 wounded in a suicide bomb

blast near government offices in the heart of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, according to police. The incident on Wednesday happened when a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosives about 100m from the gate of the presidential palace and close to where the Afghan finance ministry is located. Al Jazeera's Qais Azimy, reporting fromKabul, said both the location and the timing of the attack were very important. "It happened in District N.2 - almost at the heart of Kabul and one of its safest parts," Azimy said. "It also happened at the end of the working day, when most of the government employees working in the presidential palace and the finance ministry were rushing to go to their homes." The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) armed group claimed responsibility for the attack in an online post. Azimy said ISIL's emergence in Afghanistan and its ability to launch such attacks raised further concerns in a country already struggling to deal with an offensive by the Taliban armed group. "The people of Kabul and Afghanistan are now more worried because the Afghan security forces are really having a hard time to fight the Taliban, and no one is looking forward for a new group to emerge in this country," Azimy said.