Afghanistan: Loud explosion heard in central Kabul, casualties feared

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Kabul, Afghanistan Published: Sep 05, 2019, 11:36 AM(IST)

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The blast shook windows and doors in an area close to foreign embassies and government buildings.

A loud explosion shook central Kabul on Thursday, with casualties feared in yet another apparent attack to rock the Afghan capital as the US and Taliban negotiate a peace deal.

"We confirm an explosion in the Shashdarak area" at about 10:10 am (05:40 GMT), interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

The blast shook windows and doors in an area close to foreign embassies and government buildings.

It was not immediately clear if the blast had caused casualties.

On Monday, at least 16 people were killed in a Taliban attack on a residential area in east Kabul.

Monday night's attack took place in a residential area near Green Village, a large compound that houses aid agencies and international organisations.

Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the blast was caused by a tractor packed with explosives that had been parked alongside a wall by Green Village.

The Taliban claimed the attack, which came as US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad was in Kabul to discuss a proposed deal that would see the US withdraw troops from Afghanistan in return for insurgent security guarantees.

Residents in the area around Green Village were furious that their neighbourhood, which has been targeted before, had been hit once again and blamed the international presence. 

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