Sunday 22 September 2019, 11:09 AM
34 killed in powerful Kabul blast
By IANS | Bharat Defence Kavach | Publish Date: 7/1/2019 1:53:15 PM
34 killed in powerful Kabul blast

Kabul: At least 34 people were killed and 68 others injuredafter a powerful blast rocked the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, authorities said.A witness told Xinhua news agency that militants had entered an under-construction building in the high security Pul-i-Mahmoud Khan area and were exchanging fire with the security forces who reached the area to control the situation.According to the witness, the militants first detonated their explosives-laden car and then began firing.

The area is close to a branch of the the Defence Ministry building, a sports stadium, a branch of the Information and Culture Ministry and houses.Following the explosion, which could be heard several kilometres away, a huge rising column of smoke could be seen, reports Efe news.No militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
 
Monday's attack comes when a Taliban delegation and US representatives are carrying out the seventh round of meetings in Qatar to discuss peace negotiations in Afghanistan.Both sides are seeking a way out of nearly two decades of armed conflict in the nation, although, so far the Taliban have refused to negotiate with the Afghan government.
 

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