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Gun battle rages in Afghan capital after powerful blast injures at least 100

Credit: Reuters Studio
Published on July 1, 2019 - Duration: 01:01s

Gun battle rages in Afghan capital after powerful blast injures at least 100

A powerful blast hit Kabul's diplomatic district during rush hour on Monday sending a plume of black smoke over the Afghan capital, with tens of injured taken to hospital and ambulances ferrying still more, authorities said.

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Gun battle rages in Afghan capital after powerful blast injures at least 100

Reuters journalists said the sound shook their office building, with sporadic gunfire and the wail of ambulance sirens piercing the air.

The blast hit a densely populated area surrounding the ministry of defense.

For hours after the attack, sporadic gunfire and explosions could be heard in the area, cordoned off by special forces.

Five gunmen were killed by security forces.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility.

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