Kabul: A strong explosion occurred close to the US embassy in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul, shortly after midnight on Wednesday, the anniversary of the 9/11 assault within the US. No casualties have been reported to this point.
Photographs on social media present a plume of smoke rising close to the constructing of the US embassy within the exclusion zone of Kabul the place a number of different embassies are additionally positioned, Xinhua information company reported.
The blast was brought on by a rocket assault, an area reporter stated.
An alarm was sounded by the US embassy after the explosion and it could possibly be heard in surrounding areas.
There isn’t a official report of any casualty but however some casualties are feared.
No authorities official could possibly be reached for extra particulars and nobody has claimed duty for the blast.
That is the primary main assault within the Afghan capital since US President Donald Trump abruptly referred to as off US-Taliban peace talks to finish America’s longest warfare lasting virtually 20 years.
Final week, two automotive bombs killed a number of folks, together with two members of a global NATO mission.
Trump stated these assaults, through which one American soldier additionally died, had been the explanation he calls the US-Taliban talks “dead”.
Following Trump’s feedback, the Taliban pledged to proceed combating in opposition to US forces.
In an announcement to Al Jazeera, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid stated Washington would remorse turning its again on talks spearheaded by high-level officers from either side.
“We had two ways to end the occupation in Afghanistan. One was jihad and fighting, the other was talks and negotiations,” Mujahid stated.
“If Trump wants to stop talks, we will take the first way and they will soon regret it,” he stated.
September 11 marks the 18th anniversary of the assaults by al-Qaeda on the World Commerce Middle in New York in 2001. The US invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 in response to the assaults.