An explosion hit the centre of Kabul as attackers tried to storm a authorities ministry constructing on Saturday.
Nasart Rahimi, a spokesperson for the Inside Ministry, stated the blast occurred throughout a shootout between unidentified gunmen and safety forces exterior Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications.
He added that just a few of the lads tried to enter the constructing.
“The world is surrounded by the Afghan safety forces and a gun battle is occurring with unknown variety of attackers,” he stated.
Not less than two of the gunmen have been shot useless.
A safety official instructed Reuters that the preliminary blast was a suicide bomb detonated on the multi-storey constructing’s entrance.
However there was no affirmation from the Kabul police and as but, no militant group has claimed accountability for the assault.
A witness stated attackers gave the impression to be preventing safety forces on the primary ground of the ministry headquarters, in accordance with Tolo News.
The explosion, within the metropolis’s business hub, was additionally near the closely fortified Serena Lodge, one of many few Kabul inns nonetheless utilized by overseas guests.
Kabul’s metropolis centre has been cordoned off because the violence continues.
The assault follows a interval of relative calm in Afghanistan’s capital, which coincided with talks between the US and the Taliban, aimed toward opening formal peace negotiations to finish greater than 17 years of battle.
It will have marked the primary time that Taliban and Kabul authorities officers sat collectively to barter an finish to the battle in Afghanistan and a withdrawal of US troops.
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