Russian embassy employees not hurt in explosion in Kabul - spokesman

Suicide bomber strikes diplomatic area in Afghanistan’s Kabul many feared dead

It was the first attack targeting the Afghan capital's so-called "Green Zone" since a massive truck bomb ripped through the area on May 31, killing or wounding hundreds.

General Dawlat Waziri, spokesman for the Defense Ministry, said the bomber was on foot.

A police spokesman said the attacker may have been as young as 12.

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"We don't know the target but it happened a few metres from the defence ministry's foreign relations office". The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. "No casualties to our personnel".

Afghan security forces stand guard at the explosion site in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on October 31, 2017.

A public health official said three dead and 15 wounded had been taken to city hospitals but a security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said at least seven people had been killed and 21 wounded. A Reuters witness reported that a loud blast shook windows and doors in the area.

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The attack in central Kabul took place near the USA embassy.

Initial reports suggest that the suicide bomber detonated explosives inside Kabul Green Zone close to Australian embassy.

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