Taliban Claim Responsibility for Bombing during a Kabul Hotel for Foreigners

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An Afghan military officer nearby a guesthouse that was pounded on Monday. There were no evident reports of casualties.

Hedayatullah Amid/European Pressphoto Agency

KABUL, Afghanistan — A absolute blast shook Kabul, a Afghan capital, in a early hours of Monday, and Taliban militants claimed that they had targeted a heavily rhythmical guesthouse for unfamiliar contractors on a hinterland of a city.

The explosion, that occurred around 1:30 a.m. internal time, was so vast that residents opposite Kabul used amicable media to try to make clarity of it. Much of a city quickly mislaid electricity.

There was no evident word on casualties from Afghan officials.

In a matter to a news media a small some-more than an hour after a attack, a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, pronounced that Taliban fighters had broken a confidence perimeters of a Northgate devalue with a self-murder attack, regulating a lorry installed with explosives. A patrol of enemy armed with light and complicated weapons stormed a trickery after a blast, a Taliban matter said.

The Kabul military arch told a internal radio station, Arman FM, that dual self-murder bombers had been killed in a stability clearway operation. Initial news reports pronounced there were during slightest 4 attackers.

Local reports suggested that an operation to transparent a area by chosen supervision confidence army was still underway about 5 hours after a initial blast. The Northgate operates as a guesthouse for unfamiliar contractors and also contains a offices of confidence companies.

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Afghan confidence army immediately sealed off streets and cordoned off an area some-more than half a mile around a site, that is easterly of Kabul’s categorical general airfield and nearby an industrial park.

The bombing occurred a week after a Islamic State claimed shortcoming for a self-murder conflict on a proof by members of Afghanistan’s especially Shiite Hazara minority, murdering during slightest 80.

A identical conflict nearby a same Northgate devalue 3 years ago, involving 5 attackers, killed during slightest 4 confidence guards before a militants were gunned down.

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