- Slain soldier was from security directorate; 30 other people reported wounded
- Police say they killed five insurgents and a sixth died in a bombing
- One car bomb exploded and another was neutralized, police say
- Taliban claim responsibility, say government officials and foreigners were targeted
The Taliban claimed responsibility Wednesday for a midday suicide attack near an office of Afghanistan's national security agency in central Kabul that killed a soldier and wounded 30 other people.
The insurgents targeted a division of the National Directorate of Security, which is near the Afghan Interior Ministry, Kabul Police Chief Mohammad Ayoub Salangi said.
One suicide bomber detonated an explosives-laden car, but five other attackers were killed by Afghan security forces. A second car bomb was neutralized, Salangi said.
One soldier from the security directorate was killed.
An e-mail from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group was targeting government officials and foreigners who were leaving a meeting at the building.
Police said injuries from the attack ranged from serious to light, while the Taliban said a number of people were killed.