Explosion heard near US embassy in Afghanistan

An explosion hit a bank in an area of the Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday close to the heavily protected US embassy compound, officials said.

“An explosion has happened near Massoud Square in Kabul. We have no more details yet,” Najib Danish, a spokesperson for Afghanistan’s interior ministry, told AFP.

The blast occurred around 10:00 am (0530 GMT) on a street lined with banks and shops leading to Massoud Square near the United States embassy, close to Kabul’s diplomatic area.

The public health ministry said one person had been killed
and eight wounded, Reuters reported. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which came as banks are busy with people withdrawing money ahead of the Muslim Eid holiday at the end of the week.

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly 


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