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Wed, 17 Jul 2019

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50 Wounded After Explosion Near US Embassy in Afghanistan’s Kabul

50 Wounded After Explosion Near US Embassy in Afghanistan’s Kabul
July 01
12:37 2019

NET Bureau

A powerful bomb blast rocked the Afghan capital early on Monday, 1 July, rattling windows and sending smoke billowing from Kabul’s downtown area near the US Embassy, and wounding at least 50 people, officials and a medic said.

The explosion occurred as the streets in the capital were packed with morning commuters. Officials and police were at the scene of the blast and few details were available. Ambulance sirens screamed throughout the downtown area as they rushed to the scene.

Mohammad Karim, a police official in the area of the attack, said a car bomb exploded outside a defence ministry building.

Militants then ran into a nearby high-rise located in a crowded market and began firing down on the ministry. Police and special Afghan security forces were swarming the area and cordoned it off.

Kabul’s chief police spokesman, Firdous Faramaz, could only confirm the explosion, but was unclear on the target or the type of explosive device.

The capital has been relatively quiet in recent months following a spate of violent explosions, many claimed by the Islamic State affiliate that operates in Afghanistan.

The Taliban, who have also carried out scores of attacks in Kabul, said they had no claim of responsibility for the blast.

The attack comes as the Taliban and the United States hold talks in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, where the militant group maintains a political office.

Source: The Quint

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