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Powerful car blast rocks Kabul

KAUL (Afghanistan): Several people were injured when a powerful explosion Kabul in Afghanistan.

The blast near the ministry of defence in the downtown area rattled windows and sending smoke billowing.

The bomb went off during morning rush hour in the capital when the strees were filled with people.

A police official said a car bomb exploded outside a defence ministry building. Militants then ran into a nearby high-rise located in a crowded market and began firing down on the ministry.

Police and special Afghan security forces were swarming the area and cordoned it off. Sporadic gunfire could be heard.

The explosion was also near the Afghanistan Football Federation, and Ghazi stadium.

“Some of our colleagues are trapped inside, we have reports of some injuries. We don’t know if the attackers have entered the building,” Shams Amini, a football federation spokesman said.

“Dozens of wounded were taken to hospitals from today’s blast in Kabul,” health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar tweeted.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, and police said they did not yet know the target or nature of the blast.

Both the Taliban and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group (ISIL, ISIS) are active in Kabul.

The attack comes two days after the Taliban and the United States began a seventh round of talks in Qatar, where the armed group maintains a political office.