Afghanistan: Explosion rocks diplomatic area of Kabul

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A loud explosion shook Afghanistan’s capital with casualties near a neighbourhood housing the US Embassy and other diplomatic missions.

The blast took place on Thursday in Shash Darak, a heavily fortified area adjacent to the Green Zone and home to several important complexes including the National Directorate of Security (NDS), the Afghan intelligence service.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said a car bomb had exploded on a main road and police were sealing off the area. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Ambulances and rescue teams are being rushed to the blast site,” he added.

Three bodies and 30 wounded people were brought to the nearby Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan hospital, said its director, Gul Ahmad Ayubi.

A Taliban suicide bombing in eastern Kabul on Monday night – which the armed group said targeted a foreign compound – killed at least 16 people and wounded more than 100, almost all of them local residents.

The capital has been gripped by a surge in deadly violence even after the US and the Taliban have reached an agreement “in principle” that would see the Pentagon pull thousands of troops from Afghanistan in return for various Taliban security promises.

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