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Taliban truck bomb hits foreign guesthouse in Kabul

A powerful explosion rocked a foreign guest house near Bagram. Image by: EPA

Taliban truck bomb hits foreign guesthouse in Kabul
August 01
12:11 2016

A powerful Taliban truck bomb has struck a guesthouse housing foreigners in Kabul, just days after the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for 15 years.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the early Monday bombing, which shook much of the capital.

“A truck packed with explosives struck the entrance of Northgate guesthouse,” a security source told AFP, without offering any further details.

Northgate, close to the US-run Bagram air base north of Kabul, houses foreign contractors and is a heavily guarded compound with blast walls and watchtowers.

Foreign guesthouses have been a regular target of insurgent attacks since the Taliban began their war to topple the Kabul government.

A statement from the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said had caused dozens of casualties and added its fighters had entered the compound

The guesthouse, which was cordoned off by security officials, was not immediately reachable by telephone.

The attack comes after twin bombings left 80 people dead in the Afghan capital on July 23, in the deadliest attack in the city since the Taliban were ousted from power in 2001.

Source: Agencies

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