KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – At least eight people were killed and dozens wounded in a large explosion in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, health officials said, with initial reports saying the blast was caused by a suicide attack.
The explosion struck at Shash Darak road in the central Macroyan area where the attacker blew himself up near a National Defence Security (NDS) checkpoint early on Wednesday, military officials said.
Wahid Majrouh, a health ministry spokesman, told Al Jazeera that at least four people were killed and 23 others wounded.
“The injured were transferred to two hospitals in the area; the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital and the Emergency Hospital. Some of the wounded are in a critical condition,” Majrouh said.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet.
Witnesses told Al Jazeera that the attacker targeted NDS personnel and destroyed several vehicles of a foreign convoy.
“There are dead bodies lying on the road here, several are from the NDS,” Abdul Haq, a witness, told Al Jazeera.
“Police are clearing the area and the city seems on high alert,” he added.
The blast happened in an area not far from the US embassy and a compound used by the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.
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