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Afghanistan: Six killed, 27 injured in blast near Kabul University

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 19, 2019, 09.39 AM (IST)

An explosion struck Afghan University in Kabul killing at least six while twenty-seven others were injured, news agency Reuters reported.

Twenty-seven others were also injured in the explosion, news agency Reuters reported.

The explosion occurred outside an entrance of Kabul University while a number of students were waiting to attend their exam.

Two vehicles also caught fire, a report by Tolonews said.

Kabul Police said in a statement that the explosion was due to a magnetic IED placed in the area. 

A police team defused a second bomb placed near the explosion site, Kabul police spokesman Faramarz Firdaws said.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Years of conflict have left Afghanistan strewn with landmines, unexploded mortars, rockets and homemade bombs -- and many are picked up by curious children.

According to the United Nations, almost 4,000 civilians -- including more than 900 children -- were killed in Afghanistan last year, with another 7,000 wounded, making it the deadliest year to date for civilians in Afghanistan's conflict.

The Taliban and a group of Afghans met for a historic summit in the Qatari capital Doha last week, as part of US-led peace talks, where they pledged to reduce civilian casualties to "zero".

(With inputs from agencies)