At least 95 people injured in Kabul blast; Taliban claims responsibility

WION Web Team Kabul Aug 07, 2019, 10.58 AM(IST)

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The blast occurred during morning rush hour in western Kabul.

A large explosion occurred in Kabul on Wednesday morning, sending massive plume of smoke over the capital and shattering shop windows far from the blast site.

The blast occurred around 9:00 am(local time) during morning rush hour in western Kabul, interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

The Taliban said a "recruitment centre" had been attacked by one of their suicide bombers while claiming responsibility for the attack.

"A large number of soldiers and police were killed or wounded," the Taliban said in a statement.

The bomb went off when a vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint outside the police station, said interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

Health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar said at least 95 people, mostly civilians and including women and children, had been taken to hospital.

On August 4, two people were killed in a bus bomb attack in the Afghan capital. The interior ministry had said homemade "sticky bomb" was used to carry out the attack.

The blast targeted local TV station employees, the ministry had said.

No group had claimed responsibility for the attack.

(Inputs: AFP, Reuters)