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1 killed, 65 injured as massive explosion rocks Kabul

1 killed, 65 injured as massive explosion rocks Kabul

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Jul 01, 2019 - 09:11

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): At least one person was killed and over 60 injured as huge explosion rocked Kabul, followed by gunfire on Monday, an official said.

The explosion took place at around 8:45am. Immediately after the blast, a group of gunmen entered a building in Pul-i-Mohammad Khan area. The assailants are engaged in a clash with the security forces in limits of the 16th police district, where gunshots could be heard.

Ahmad Tawhid Shakohmand, deputy spokesman for the Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon, said one body and 65 injured had been evacuated to different hospitals.Six children are among the injured.

He said the blast took place in front of the Afghanistaninfo-icon Football Federation office, wounding several players -- some of them critically.

The security forces have cordoned off the area and no one is allowed to enter, witnesses said, adding the neighbourhood had been gripped by fear,

Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said the explosion happened in 16th police district. He gave no further details.

The explosion was so powerful that nearby buildings were damaged. Shamshad TV and Football Federation offices are also located in the area.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion.

sa/mud

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