No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes as the Taliban step up their summer offensive despite a bitter power transition within the militant movement.

The bombing, whose target was not immediately clear, comes a day after Taliban insurgents killed nine people in multiple attacks on police targets in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

“Seven people were killed and 198 wounded people were brought to hospitals," said Health Ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said, adding, "The wounded including children are trickling into city hospitals... the casualty toll is expected to rise."
Kabul police chief General Abdul Rahman Rahimi gave a higher death toll of eight, adding that 128 others were wounded.
"A car packed with explosives was detonated in the crowded residential neighbourhood of Shah Shaheed (in east Kabul). Several houses in the area were damaged," he said.
"The killed and wounded include women and children. The attack was intended to cause mass murder."
The attacks highlight growing insecurity amid a faltering peace process with the Taliban as Afghan forces face their first summer fighting season without full NATO support.

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