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Fire sweeps through Kabul cloth market

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Afghan men guide firefighters after a huge fire swept through a market in Kabul on Dec. 23.

A huge fire swept through a market in downtown Kabul, Dec. 23, destroying hundreds of shops and forcing the city's nearby money exchange to evacuate. There were no reports of any casualties in the early morning blaze which destroyed most of the cloth market's 500 shops, Kabul fire department officials told AFP.

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An Afghan man walks through the area of a fire that swept through a market in Kabul, Dec. 23.

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Afghan policemen and fire fighters investigate the scene of a burning market in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 23.