An explosion has rocked the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing at least four people and wounding scores of others, the country’s health ministry has said.
The approximately 90 people injured in the explosion on Monday in eastern Kabul included 23 children, Afghanistan’s Public Health Ministry spokesperson Wahidullah Mayar said in a Tweet.
Around 90 people, mostly civilians, were injured (including 23 children and 12 women), and 4 people were killed (martyred) in today’s explosion in district 9th of Kabul. city. #Kabul #Afghanistan https://t.co/pMbMNRyFc7
— Wahidullah Mayar (@WahidullahMayar) January 14, 2019
The blast took place outside a high-security compound that is home to several international companies and charities, security officials told the Reuters news agency.
“Most of the victims were civilians,” said Interior Ministry spokesperson Najib Danish.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the huge blast, but police spokesperson Basir Mujahid said a vehicle full of explosives had been detonated.
“The area is cordoned off … and search operation under way for suspects and attackers,” he said.
Local Afghan news website Tolo News posted footage on Twitter which appeared to show ambulances returning from the scene of the blast.
Footage shows ambulances returning from a blast scene in Kabul’s PD9 — near Green Village compound on Kabul-Jalalabad road. pic.twitter.com/e4KZx3jH3Z
— TOLOnews (@TOLOnews) January 14, 2019