Explosion followed by gunfire in Afghan capital

Last Updated: Apr 20 2019 14:04
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According to the officials, on Saturday, a blast followed by gunfire hit the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul close to the communications ministry and one of the city’s main hotels.

The blast followed several months of relative calm in Kabul, which coincided with talks between U.S. and Taliban officials aimed at opening the way for formal peace negotiations to end more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi confirmed gunfire around the ministry of communications and information technology but had no further details.