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Kabul blast, gunfire: 24 killed, 161 injured; Taliban claims responsibility

Kabul: A number of people were killed and wounded in a blast that rocked central Kabulduring the morning rush hour on Tuesday, said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

As per Afghan media, at least 24 people were killed and 161 injured in the attack that apparently targeted the offices of Afghanistan`s main security agency. A heavy firefight ensued the blast in a densely-packed neighbourhood.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which sent clouds of acrid smoke billowing in the sky and rattled windows several miles away.

Notably, the blast took place a week after the Taliban announced the commencement of their annual spring offensive.

“The first blast was carried out by a suicide bomber in a car and possibly one or two bombers are still resisting,” Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told AFP.

“The scene of the attack has been completely cordoned off by Afghan security forces.”

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