A massive suicide car bombing has struck the Afghan capital, Kabul, the country’s interior ministry said.
A ministry spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi said the explosion on Monday night took place near the Green Village compound in eastern Kabul, home to several international organisations and aid agencies.
Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramerz said the explosion appeared to have been a car bomb.
“Police have been deployed to the site and we are awaiting more information,” Faramerz told AFP news agency.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The explosion came just hours after US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad briefed the Afghan president on a deal “in principle” with the Taliban for ending America’s longest war.
The explosion caused windows and doors to shake in Kabul, according to Reuters news agency reporters.
It was not immediately clear whether the blast had caused any casualties.
The Green Village has been a frequent target of attacks.
Many foreigners live in the compound, which is heavily guarded by Afghan forces and private security guards.
The area was targeted by a suicide car bomber in January who killed at least four people and wounded dozens.
Earlier on Monday, a second attack by the Taliban in as many days left several civilians and security forces dead.
Four civilians and two members of the security forces were killed in the attack the previous day on Puli Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, with 20 civilians and two security forces wounded.
It added that 21 Taliban fighters were dead.
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