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Blast in Kabul as US military chief visits

A blast which rocked the Afghan capital on Saturday was accidental, NATO said, as Washington's military chief arrived to explain the sacking of the US commander of foreign forces in the country.

world Updated: Jun 26, 2010 15:20 IST

A blast which rocked the Afghan capital on Saturday was accidental, NATO said, as Washington's military chief arrived to explain the sacking of the US commander of foreign forces in the country.

The blast, near the foreign ministry in Kabul's embassy district, happened when an anti-personnel mine in an Afghan army vehicle accidentally detonated, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

It was not an attack by Taliban-linked insurgents, Lieutenant-Commander Ian Baxter told AFP of the blast, which happened around 9.55 am.