Afghanistan: Explosion in diplomatic quarter of Kabul, unclear if casualties

"Explosives planted in a bicycle went off in Macrorayan, but we are still waiting to find out about casualties," Kabul's Deputy Police Chief Salem Almas said.

By: Reuters | Kabul | Published: March 25, 2016 9:49:16 pm
kabul-map-759 Sirens wailed shortly after the blast, but it was unclear where it occurred and if there were any casualties.

An explosion close to the US Embassy and other diplomatic missions in the Macrorayan area of Kabul broke a rare period of calm in Afghanistan’s capital on Friday.

“Explosives planted in a bicycle went off in Macrorayan, but we are still waiting to find out about casualties,” Kabul’s Deputy Police Chief Salem Almas said.

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Sirens wailed shortly after the blast, but it was unclear where it occurred and if there were any casualties.

Suicide bombings and other attacks by Taliban insurgents routinely target Afghan government forces and NATO allies, but Kabul had recently had several weeks of relative quiet.

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