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A spokeswoman for Xe did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

The store was full of foreign customers, according to Moujib, a 14-year-old Afghan boy who uses just one name.

“I was on the first floor and we heard a boom,” he said, crying and clinging to his mother. “I might have heard some shooting. Then I saw fire everywhere.”

Yama, an Afghan man who sells phone cards at a traffic circle just outside the store, said he and other sellers then rushed inside to help wounded and dazed customers from the store.

“They were looking around like they didn’t know what had happened,” he said.

In July 2008 when a suicide car bomb blew up outisde the gates of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, killing more than 60 people.

In Nov. 2009, Taliban militants wearing police uniforms stormed a residential hotel packed with foreigners killing 11, including five United Nations workers and three attackers.

In Dec. 2009, a suicide car bomber struck near the home of a former Afghan vice president and a hotel frequented by Westerners, killing at least eight people and wounding nearly 40. The attack occurred in the same neighborhood as Friday’s grocery store attack.

In May 2010, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy, killing 18 people including six NATO service members — five Americans and a Canadian.

The last attack in Kabul occurred on Jan. 12 when a suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a minibus carrying Afghan intelligence service employees, killing at least two and wounding more than 30.

Associated Press writer Deb Riechmann contributed to this report from Kabul.