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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) _ A powerful explosion shook the northeastern part of the Afghan capital Saturday night, shattering glass in a multistory apartment complex but causing no serious injuries. The blast occurred in the neighborhood of the U.S. embassy.
Din Mohammad Jurat, security chief at the Interior Ministry, said the blast in a rubbish pile was detonated by about 11 pounds of explosives.
The explosion left a small crater and strewed rubble across the street from a five-story apartment building.
Dul Aqa of Kabul police said the explosion took place in Microyan neighborhood, an area of Soviet-built apartment blocks, on the edge of the city. He said one woman was wounded. One civilian, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said several people had been slightly wounded by flying glass.
Residents swept up shards of glass as dozens of police surrounded the blast site and pushed journalists away. Blue police lights lit up the night.
In Washington, State Department spokesman Frederick Jones said embassy personnel were looking into the explosion along with the International Security and Assistance Force in Kabul.
``Our team is having a look at the site and hopefully they’ll be able to tell us what it was, whether it was a mine or a grenade,″ said New Zealand Squadron Leader Terry Hay, a spokesman for the multinational peacekeeping force. It’s not clear who set off the blast.
Kabul has been rocked by several explosions. The worst occurred earlier this month, killing 30 people and injuring scores more.