7 dead, dozens injured in car bombing near US Embassy in Afghanistan

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At least seven people were killed and over 90 injured in a massive suicide bomb blast that shook Afghanistan early Saturday.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes just five days before the country holds presidential elections.

The explosion, attributed to a suicide car bomber, took place outside the NATO headquarters in Kabul. Among those hurt were several coalition service members, CNN reported.

The force of the blast rattled windows of nearby shops several kilometers away and sent a trail of smoke into the sky. The blast was also near the U.S. Embassy, but an embassy spokesperson said there were no injuries or damage at the well-guarded compound.

Taliban threats to disrupt the election have created a tense atmosphere in the Afghan capital, where there have been some minor incidents of violence in recent weeks.

Video: Taliban claim responsibility for bomb attack in Kabul