At least six civilians have been killed and three Taliban soldiers and several others injured in an explosion in Kabul that occurred near the Afghan Foreign Ministry as security forces tried to neutralize a suicide bomber, Khalid Zadran, a police spokesman in the Afghan capital, said.
“A suicide bomber was targeted by security forces at a checkpoint in Malik Asghar Square … in Kabul before he reached his target. During this, the explosives on him exploded, killing six civilians and injuring several others. Three others Taliban military were also injured in the incident,” Zadran tweeted.
Earlier, local media reported that the explosion occurred in Kabul near the building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, as well as not far from a shopping center. Residents of the area said the explosion was loud. An Afghan Foreign Ministry source said two members of the security forces were injured in an explosion about 500 meters from the Foreign Ministry building.
The hospital of the Italian humanitarian organization Emergency in Kabul announced two dead and 12 injured, including a child.