Late night explosion rocked Kabul as twin blasts left 30 dead

At least 30 people were killed and over 90 others were wounded in twin explosions in capital Kabul this afternoon, the security officials said.

Officials in the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) earlier said at least 24 people were killed and at least 91 others were wounded in the attack.

The incident took place near the Ministry of Defense (MoD) compound around 2:30 pm local time after a remote-controlled Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated.

The officials further added that a second explosion took place shortly after the first blast with reports suggesting the second blast was triggered by a suicide attack.

According to the officials, the suicide bomber detonated his explosives as the security forces and rescue team had gathered in the area to assist the victims of the first blast.

The police chief of the second police district of Kabul city Sayed Zaman was also among those killed in the attack, the officials added.

The Taliban militants group claimed responsibility behind the incident and said several security personnel including police chief of police district 3 were killed in the attack.

A heavy explosion was heard in the center of Kabul city late on Monday night, hours after back to back explosions left at least 30 people dead and over 90 wounded.

The security sources said the explosion was caused due to a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) which was detonated in Shahr-e-Naw area of the city.

The sources further added that sporadic gunfire was also heard following the explosion which was likely carried out by a suicide bomber.

According to the preliminary reports the target of the explosion was a guesthouse but there are no reports regarding the casualties so far.

Earlier twin explosions rocked the city close to the Ministry of Defense compound, leaving at least 30 people with majority of the victims said to be security personnel.

The attack was initially launched by an Improvised Explosive Device and a suicide bomber targeted the gathering shortly after the first blast.

The Taliban group claimed responsibility behind the incident.

Source Khaama Press

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