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Afghanistan violence: Deadly ‘suicide bomb’ hits Kabul

Апрель 19, 2016    
Afghanistan violence: Deadly ‘suicide bomb’ hits Kabul

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Several people have been killed in a bombing 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 said the group was responsible a week after it said it was launching its "spring offensive". It had warned of "large-scale attacks".

Tuesday's bombing happened in a residential neighbourhood close to the ministry of defence and military compounds, during the morning rush hour.

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"The first blast was carried out by a suicide bomber in a car and possibly one or two bombers are still resisting," Mr Sediqqi was quoted as saying.

"The scene of the attack has been completely cordoned off by Afghan security forces."

A health ministry spokesperson told the BBC more than 40 injured people had been taken to Kabul hospitals.

The presidential palace condemned the attack "in the strongest possible terms".

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The Taliban has over the past year enjoyed a resurgence, buoyed by the withdrawal of most Nato and US forces at the end of 2014, and a flood of foreign fighters joining their ranks.

It now controls sizeable parts of Afghanistan.


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