Blast hits Afghan capital Kabul

A cloud of white smoke could be seen spiralling into the sky over the area


Reuters September 02, 2019
Smoke rises from the site of an attack targeting the Kabul office of the running mate of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul on July 28, 2019. - At least one person was killed and 13 others wounded in an attack July 28 targeting the Kabul office of the running mate of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, officials said. PHOTO: AFP

KABUL: A loud explosion rocked the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, shaking windows and doors in houses several kilometres away from the blast.

The sound of gunfire could also be heard in the aftermath of the explosion, which officials said hit close to Green Village, a large compound to the east of the city used by staff of international organisations.

A cloud of white smoke could be seen spiralling into the sky over the area, which has been hit repeatedly by suicide bombers.

The explosion came as a senior US diplomat was visiting Kabul to brief Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on a draft peace accord reached with the Taliban that could see thousands of US troops withdrawn from Afghanistan.

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