Afghanistan: Suicide attack in Kabul leaves dozens dead
April 19, Kabul: At least 28 people have been killed and more than 300 injured in a huge explosion in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul, Afghan officials said.
A suicide attacker detonated a vehicle and gunmen then stormed the area, reports suggest. A gunfight is still going on.
A Taliban spokesman said the group carried out the attack.
It comes a week after it said it was launching its "spring offensive", warning of "large-scale attacks".
Tuesday's bombing happened during the morning rush hour in Pul-e-Mahmud, a busy neighbourhood where homes, mosques, schools and businesses nestle close to the Ministry of Defence, other ministries and military compounds, reports said.
The blast shattered windows 1km (0.67 miles) away, said the BBC Afghan Service's Waheed Massoud.
The Associated Press quoted a police officer as saying it was one of the most powerful explosions he had ever heard, and he could not see or hear anything for 20 minutes after.
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