NewsBlasts, gunshots rock Afghan capital: AFP

Blasts, gunshots rock Afghan capital: AFP

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Kabul, Afghanistan: Two thunderous explosions and gunfires were confirmed at the contested Afghan capital of Kabul, as the Taliban wage aggressive war to reclaim much of Afghanistan, AFP can confirm.

The second blast was also followed by some smaller explosions in a central part of the city, not far from the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses several foreign embassies, including the United States mission.

The report comes shortly after residents were urged Tuesday to evacuate a besieged Afghan city, as the army prepared a major offensive against Taliban insurgents after three days of heavy fighting.

The first massive blast rocked the capital Kabul on Tuesday evening, sending a thick plume of smoke into the sky, AFP correspondents reported, adding the explosion was followed by gunfire.

A security official said the explosion happened near Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi’s residence in central Kabul. No other details were immediately available.

Since foreign forces began the final stage of their pullout in May, the Taliban have taken control of much of rural Afghanistan, but they are now concentrating their efforts on taking provincial capitals, where they are encountering stiffer resistance.

At least 40 people have been murdered in the previous 24 hours in Lashkar Gah, the capital of southern Helmand province, according to the United Nations.

AFP
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