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Explosion hits Afghan capital’s diplomatic quarter

25 March 2016 23:03



An explosion close to the US embassy and other diplomatic missions in the Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, injures one person.

The blast in the Macrorayan area shook almost the entire southern part of the capital on Friday.

The Kabul police chief said an improvised explosive device (IED) that was attached to a bicycle had been behind the blast.

“Explosives planted in a bicycle went off,” Kabul’s Deputy Police Chief Salem Almas said.

He, however, could not give details of the intended target.

Sirens wailed shortly after the blast.

No group or individual has so far claimed responsibility for the blast.

Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity more than 14 years after the United States and its allies attacked the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues across the country.

The country also recently came under attack by Daesh terrorists operating mostly in its eastern regions.

The Afghan Defense ministry said in a report released earlier this month that more than 600 civilians had been killed by Daesh terrorists over the past six months.

Earlier this month, Afghan forces announced victory following a long operation in Achin, Shinwar, and some other districts of Nangarhar.

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