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Published on : Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the explosion which left a thick plume of black smoke rising from the vicinity of the sprawling US embassy in the Afghan capital.
President Ashraf Ghani said a number of people were killed and wounded in the blast that apparently targeted the offices of Afghanistan’s main security agency.
Acoording to an Afghan official, a possible suicide bomber carried out the attack which was followed by gunfire, and the area has been surrounded by security forces.
The powerful explosion came during the morning rush hour, a week after the Taliban announced the start of its annual spring offensive.
The embassy was unaffected by the explosion, according to the official.
The Taliban warned they would “employ large-scale attacks on enemy positions across the country” during the offensive dubbed Operation Omari in honour of the movement’s late founder Mullah Omar, whose death was announced last year.
The insurgents began the fighting season last week by targeting the northern city of Kunduz, which they briefly captured last year in a stunning setback for Afghan forces.