‘Suicide bomb’ hits centre of Kabul

A man stands inside his damaged shop near the scene of a huge bomb blast in central Kabul, Afghanistan, on 19 April 2016Image copyright

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This man’s shop was damaged in Tuesday’s huge blast

Several people have been killed in a large explosion in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul, President Ashraf Ghani has said.

Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a suicide attacker had detonated a vehicle.

Dozens are reported injured. Gunfire can still be heard in the area.

A Taliban spokesman told AP the group was responsible a week after it said it was launching its “spring offensive”. It had warned of “large-scale attacks”.

Tuesday’s blast happened in a residential neighbourhood close to the ministry of defence and military compounds.

Mr Ghani condemned the attack “in the strongest possible terms”.


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