Massive Explosion Jolts Kabul

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Kabul: A massive explosion struck central Kabul during rush hour, followed by bursts of gunfire. The blast occurred in the city’s affluent Sherpur area, said Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid, but he could not offer any other details.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted the explosion appeared to have come from a car bomb.

Police were on the scene and an official said that gunfire had broken out after the explosion, but there were no immediate details of any damage or casualties.

The blast, which interrupted several months of relative calm in the Afghan capital, came after President Ashraf Ghani returned from a regional peace conference in Islamabad aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with Taliban militants.

It came days after an insurgent attack on the airport complex in the southern city of Kandahar killed 50 civilians and security forces personnel.

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