Kabul (Agencies): A suicide bomber hit Kabul's first Western-style shopping mall, killing two security guards in the second attack in less than a month targeting a site frequented by foreigners and fashionable Afghans in the heavily secured capital.

The Ministry of Interior said the bomber detonated his explosives at the gates of the Kabul City Center shopping mall, which also houses the four-star Safi Landmark hotel. Two more people were hurt in Monday's blast.

A reporter at the scene said the building was surrounded by hundreds of Afghan security forces. The blast damaged the guarded entrance and blew out windows. Several shops nearby also were destroyed.

Severed body parts could be seen on the ground near the blast area.

A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack in a mobile phone text message sent to mediapersons.

Shopkeepers nearby said damage appeared to be confined to the guarded entrance site, which was fortified after last year's attack.

President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack, which he said was aimed at civilians.

"Targeting a nonmilitary location shows how desperate and hopeless the enemies of Afghanistan have become," stated Karzai.

It was the first bombing in the capital since January 28, when a suicide attacker blew himself up at an upscale Kabul supermarket, killing eight people.