Multiple media sources are reporting there have been at least two major explosions in Kabul, Afghanistan.on Monday. Initial reports are they were suicide bomb attacks in the area of the Russian Embassy.
Power has been cut in that part of Kabul and families are being evacuated, according to TOLO News.
According to an unidentified security source who spoke to the media, at least two gunmen attacked the house of a tribal elder and an adjacent building belonging to Naeem Baloch, a former governor of the southern Helmand province in the Darul Aman neighborhood. Damage to nearby structures was also observed.
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Baloch spoke to Pajhwok Afghan News shortly after the Kabul explosion, saying that he hadleft the house before the attack took place.
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Locals report there was an ongoing gun battle between the Afghani police force and the attackers, with two of them apparently detonating suicide explosive vests shortly after the security forces arrived.
There are apparently at least a half dozen people with injuries, but no fatalities reported yet. Police and emergency vehicles are cordoning off the neighborhood and a security blackout is currently in place.
Sediq Sediq, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, commented that Police Special Forces have been deployed in the area..
Of note, both the Russian Embassy and the parliament building are also located in the Darul Aman neighborhood. Kabul is the capital city of Afghanistan.
In an update on this breaking news story, a few hours after the explosions, the Taliban claimed responsibility for the Kabul attacks on Monday.
ValueWalk will be continuing to update this story throughout the day as it develops.