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The BBC's Kate Clark in Kabul
"No one has been arrested for any of the bombings"
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Monday, 17 July, 2000, 15:39 GMT 16:39 UK
Pakistan embassy attacked again
Kabul skyline
The embassy is located in a high-security neighbourhood
There has been an explosion at a Pakistani diplomat's house in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

It is the second attack on the Pakistani mission in Kabul in a week.

The ruling Taleban has blamed it on opposition forces led by Ahmed Shah Masood, calling it a "terrorist attack".

A spokesperson said the opposition was trying to create problems between the Taleban and Pakistan.

A Pakistani envoy, Sakhi Ullah Tareen, however said it was too early to blame anyone.

He also said Pakistan was satisfied with the security arrangements made by the Taleban.

No Injuries

No one was injured in the latest blast which, like the first one, occurred early in the morning.

It took place inside the grounds of the residence premises.

A wall and roof on the perimeter of the residence was reported to have been damaged.

Initial reports suggested the explosion happened at the Pakistani ambassador's house, who is thought to have been in Islamabad at the time.

It is now believed to have taken place at the home of a junior diplomat.

Similar blast

Last week, a bomb ripped through the Pakistani embassy, located in one of Kabul's most secure neighbourhoods, severely damaging the visa section but causing no casualties.

The ruling Taleban blamed the attack on the Afghan opposition and said it carried it out to appease Russia.

The BBC's Kabul correspondent, Kate Clark, says the Taleban are bound to be concerned about this latest attack on a building owned by Pakistan - one of their most important allies.

In 1994 and 1995, the Pakistan embassy was ransacked and looted by supporters of Ahmad Shah Masood, who controls about 10% of the country.

Pakistan - which supports the Taleban - is one of only three countries to have diplomatic relations with Afghanistan.

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