(London Post) A heavy bomb blast shook a central district in Kabul, near the US embassy and government ministries. One report said the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The explosion targeted the Afghan intelligence agency. The US embassy and NATO headquarters, as well as several Afghan government buildings, are also located in the area. Black smoke was seen billowing into the sky overhead.
An undisclosed number of people killed in the blast, which was followed by gunfire between unknown parties. Reports put the number of wounded as high as 198.
“[We] condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack in Puli Mahmood Khan neighborhood of Kabul, as a result of which many of our countrymen were martyred and wounded,” Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said in a statement.
A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility for the attack, according to The Associated Press. The terrorist organization had announced last week the start of its “spring offensive” – its annual period of warm-weather fighting.
blc/jil (AFP, AP, Reuters)