Loud blast, shots near China guest house in Afghan capital – Times of India


KABUL: A loud blast and gunfire were heard in the Afghan capital Monday near a guest house popular with Chinese business visitors, a witness said.
Although the Taliban claim to have improved national security since storming back to power in August last year, there have been scores of bomb blasts and attacks — many claimed by the local chapter of the Islamic State group.
“It was a very loud explosion and then there was a lot of gunfire,” the witness told AFP, while local media also reported similar details.
Security officials were not immediately available to comment on the blast, which happened in Shahr-e-naw, one of Kabul’s main commercial areas.
There has been a significant number of Chinese business people visiting Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power, and Beijing maintains a full embassy even while not officially recognising the regime.

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