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Second blast hits Kabul following deadly suicide attack

Sirens could be heard but it was not immediately clear what had caused the blast or whether there were any casualties.

world Updated: Apr 19, 2016 22:08 IST
Blast in Kabul,Afghaistan,Taliban

A large explosion was heard in central Kabul several hours after a suicide attack on a building of the national security agency killed dozens of people and wounded hundreds more in the Afghan capital earlier on Tuesday.

No serious casualties were reported from the blast, which was caused by an improvised device, according to Interior Minister spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, armed militants in Afghanistan staged a coordinated assault on a government security agency in the capital, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 320.

“Many of those wounded are in serious condition,” ministry spokesman Mohammad Ismail Kawoosi said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the brazen attack in a densely packed neighbourhood with government offices, which sent clouds of acrid smoke billowing in the sky and rattled windows several kilometres away, in their first major attack in the Afghan capital since they announced the start of this year’s fighting season.

First Published: Apr 19, 2016 21:03 IST