Fatal Blast Rocks Afghan Capital Kabul

 Fatal Blast Rocks Afghan Capital Kabul

A powerful explosion has rocked the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least four people and wounding more than 100, the country’s health ministry said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday’s blast near the Green Village compound, which houses several international companies and charities, in eastern Kabul.

Three military personnel were among the dead, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said. He did not specify what nationality they were.

One Indian national was also killed, India’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

The Green Village compound is protected by private security forces, and the road outside has a number of Afghan police and military checkpoints and patrols.

“Most of the victims were civilians,” said Danish.

Glass shrapnel
Different hospitals in the city treated as many as 113 injured, including 14 women and 24 children, Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry Spokesperson Wahidullah Mayar said.

“Most of them were injured by glass shrapnel injuries, they received required treatment and were discharged,” Mayar said.

The explosion took place when a bomb-laden car blew up outside the high-security compound. It sits along the main road that connects Kabul to Jalalabad. The normally busy road was closed for hours.

The area is home to hundreds of local businesses and residential homes.

Local Afghan news website Tolo News posted footage on Twitter that appeared to show ambulances returning from the scene of the explosion.

Ayomide Oyewole

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