Taliban attack on military complex leaves more than 60 people injured
Dozens of people were injured in a Taliban car bomb attack in Afghanistan.
The blast outside a military compound in Kabul caused smoke to fly into the air and shake buildings more than a mile away, before apparently armed men were near special forces.
The heavily guarded neighborhood is home to military and government buildings, including the Afghanistan intelligence agency and the defense ministry.
No fewer than 65 people have been taken to the hospital, including nine children, who still have no word about the number of fatalities.
Dozens of people were injured in a Taliban car bomb attack in Afghanistan (photos of Afghan security forces secure the scene this morning)
An injured man – apparently bleeding in his leg – is carried on a stretcher while Afghan rescue workers deal with the aftermath of today's explosion
Smoke rises after the huge explosion in Kabul this morning for which the Taliban have claimed responsibility
& # 39; First a car bomb took place and then several attackers took over a building. The area is being cut off by the special police units and (they) are attacking the attackers, & # 39; said Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Interior Ministry.
The area was quickly closed by Afghan troops and ambulances, with helicopter guns seen above while the firing continued.
Hours later, the Taliban claimed responsibility and said it had a & # 39; technical installation & # 39; at the Ministry of Defense.
& # 39; We were in the office when the world was turned upside down, & # 39 ;, said Zaher Usman, an employee of a department of the culture ministry, who said he was just 150 meters from the explosion.
He said the explosion seemed to take place near Gulbahar Tower, which contains a shopping mall and residential units and is next to a government building.
Afghan health workers carry an injured student after the car bomb explosion aimed at a military compound in Kabul
A child is transported in a vehicle in Kabul when emergency responders respond to the explosion that the Taliban says was behind
An injured man is accompanied by health workers (left) in Kabul after the explosion that sent a plume of smoke towering over the city (right)
& # 39; When I opened my eyes, the office was filled with smoke and dust and everything was broken, my colleague's screamed, & # 39; Usman said.
At least 65 injured people, including nine children, were taken to hospital after rush hour, amid warnings that the number of victims could increase.
Shams Amini, a spokesman for the football federation, told AFP that the explosion took place near their HQ ports.
"Some of our colleagues are stuck in it, we have reports of a number of injuries, we do not know whether the attackers have entered the building," he said.
The nearby Shamshad TV station, which was attacked in 2017, broadcast images of broken glass and damage to its offices, but said it was not the target.
An armed Afghan security officer sees the scene of the explosion in Kabul on Monday morning
Smoke rises from the site of the Kabul attack that injured dozens of people, at least 65 of whom were taken to hospital
The diplomatic area near the & # 39; Green Zone & # 39; was closed for a short time, but later opened again.
The explosion came two days after the Taliban and the US started their seventh round of talks in Qatar, while Washington sees a breakthrough for the presidential elections in Afghanistan in September.
The negotiations have so far dealt with four issues: the fight against terrorism, the presence of foreign troops, an intra-Afghan dialogue and a permanent ceasefire.
A possible deal would mean the US agreeing to withdraw its troops after more than 17 years in Afghanistan, triggering deep concern among huge parts of Afghans who fear that militants will return to some semblance of power.
In return, the Taliban would guarantee that the country would never again become a safe haven for violent extremist groups, as happened with Al-Qaeda before the September 11, 2001 attacks.
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