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Foreign Workers Targeted in Kabul

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Another car bomb has gone off today in Kabul, Afghanistan. Insurgents targeted an area of residential hotels rented by Indian embassy workers in the heart of the nation's capital. At least 17 people are reported dead.

The Associated Press reports that the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the attack was aimed at Indian workers in Kabul.

First, a car bomb leveled a guest home. Then, a series of explosions and gunbattles took place on the streets around the residential hotel.

"We are shocked at the inhuman attack on innocent lives," Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told The AP. "Our ties are strong and deep (with Afghanistan) and will remain so. We are very clear that the forces of terrorism will not succeed and we will take every measure to defeat the forces of terror."

Nine Indian workers, many of them doctors, are among those killed.