Suicide Bomber Kills 8 in Kabul's Diplomatic Quarter
Authorities suspect former Karzai deputy was bomber's target
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2009 6:06 AM CST
A young boy runs out of the remains of the Heetal Hotel after a suicide car bomb was detonated in front of the hotel in Kabul today.   (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
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(Newser) – At least eight people were killed and dozens more injured when a suicide car bomber struck an elite Kabul neighborhood today. The blast, the deadliest in the city since Hamid Karzai was sworn in for his second term last month, happened at a checkpoint near a hotel favored by foreigners and blew out doors and windows at the nearby Norwegian embassy, Bloomberg reports.

Several buildings belonging to a former vice president, Ahmed Massoud, were damaged in the blast and two of his bodyguards were killed. Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a foreigner and four Afghans died when a huge explosion hit an American aid institute in Paktiya province, Reuters reports.