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15 wounded after powerful explosion rocks Afghan capital

Added 07-01-19 01:18:01am EST - “KABUL, Afghanistan ?" A powerful explosion rocked the Afghan capital early Monday, rattling windows and sending smoke billowing from Kabul's downtown area near the U.S. Embassy. At least 15 pe?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “15 wounded after powerful explosion rocks Afghan capital”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

KABUL, Afghanistan — A powerful explosion rocked the Afghan capital early Monday, rattling windows and sending smoke billowing from Kabul’s downtown area near the U.S. Embassy.

The explosion occurred as the streets in the capital were packed with morning commuters. Officials and police were at the scene of the blast and few details were available. Ambulance sirens screamed throughout the downtown area as they rushed to the scene.

Kabul’s chief police spokesman, Firdous Faramaz, could only confirm the explosion, but was unclear on the target or the type of explosive device.

The capital has been relatively quiet in recent months following a spate of violent explosions, many claimed by the Islamic State affiliate that operates in Afghanistan. Both the Taliban and the Islamic State operate in Kabul.

The attack comes as the Taliban and the United States hold talks in the Middle Eastern state of Qatar, where the militant group maintains a political office.

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