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14 killed, 140 injured in Kabul suicide blast

KABUL (Afghanistan): A suicide attack outside a police station in Kabul killed at least 14 people and injured 140 others.

Interior Ministry’s spokesperson Nasrat Rahimi said the attack occurred about 9am (04:30 GMT) in western Kabul, adding that the bomb went off when a vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint outside the station.

Deputy interior minister General Khoshal Sadat told reporters that fourteen were martyred, 145 injured in today’s explosion.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

The explosion sent a massive plume of smoke over the Afghanistan capital.

“I heard a big bang and all the windows broke with glass flying everywhere,” shopkeeper Ahmad Saleh said.

“My head is spinning and I still don’t know what has happened but the windows of about 20 shops around one kilometre from the blast site are broken,” he added.

Afghan health workers transport a wounded man to a hospital after bomb explosion and gun fight that targeted a police station in a heavy residential area of Kabul, Afghanistan, 07 August 2019.

The attack came a day after the Taliban called for the boycott of a presidential election scheduled to take place on September 28 and threatened to attack election rallies.

The Taliban, who have been staging near-daily attacks across the country, usually target Afghan forces and government officials or those seen as loyal to the government.

On Tuesday, a bomb targeting a van carrying employees of the Interior Ministry’s counter-narcotics division killed five people and wounded seven in Kabul.

US officials and the Taliban met in Qatar’s capital Doha this week for the eighth round of talks aimed at striking a peace deal that would slash the American military presence in Afghanistan.