A strong blast adopted by sporadic gunfire hit Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Tuesday near town’s closely fortified “Green Zone”, an space home to authorities buildings and international embassies, police officers mentioned.
A senior safety official mentioned the blast appeared to have been attributable to a automobile bomb and the obvious goal was the residence of a member of parliament.
Two gunmen have been nonetheless within the space and clashing with Afghan safety forces, the official mentioned.
The metropolis’s Emergency Hospital mentioned in a tweet it had to date acquired six individuals wounded within the assault.
No militant group instantly claimed accountability.
Clashes between Afghan forces and the Taliban have intensified throughout the nation with the rebel group gaining management over test factors, buying and selling posts and infrastructure tasks.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in a telephone name on Tuesday agreed on the necessity to pace up Afghan peace talks and condemned ongoing assaults by the Taliban, the US State Department mentioned.
In a press release outlining the dialogue, State Department spokesman Ned Price mentioned Blinken reiterated the “strong and enduring US commitment to Afghanistan”.
Blinken additionally took to Twitter to share particulars of his telephonic dialog with the Afghan president.
He mentioned he reiterated the robust and enduring US dedication to Afghanistan. “We discussed the need to accelerate peace negotiations toward an inclusive political settlement that respects the rights of all Afghans, including women and girls,” he added.
Spoke with @ashrafghani at this time to reiterate the robust and enduring U.S. dedication to Afghanistan. We mentioned the necessity to speed up peace negotiations towards an inclusive political settlement that respects the rights of all Afghans, together with girls and ladies.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) August 3, 2021