Powerful truck bomb targets foreign nationals in Kabul

RSTV Bureau
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Terror struck a hotel near Kabul which was popular with foreign nationals. A powerful truck bomb exploded at Northgate, a heavily guarded area for foreign contractors. So far there are no reports of casualties.

Reports say terror outfit Taliban is behind the attack.

The assault ended almost seven hours after it began when three Taliban terrorists were killed.

“A truck packed with explosives struck the entrance of Northgate,” an Afghan security source told AFP.

“The operation is over now. One policeman lost his life and three others were wounded but none of the hotel staff or guests were hurt,” Kabul police chief Abdul Rahman Rahimi told reporters.

The truck bomb was so powerful that it is said rattled windows several kilometres away. Tremors from the powerful explosion, which was preceded by a power outage, were felt across the city.

Afghan commandos cordoned off all arterial roads leading to Northgate, with erratic grenade explosions and gunfire coming from the scene after daybreak, local TV station Tolo reported.

The TV station also reported that NATO special forces were overseeing the clearance operation at Northgate.

The site of bombing is said to be close to a military base next to Kabul’s international airport. The same site was previously attacked in July 2013 in a similar manner. In 2013, a truck bomb explosion was followed by a gun siege that killed nine people, including foreign nationals.

Northgate was a luxury enclave which had been fortified with blast walls, watchtowers and sniffer dogs after the 2013 attack.

The attack comes just days after the twin bombings left 80 people dead in Kabul on July 23. The bombings tore through crowds of minority Shiite Hazara protesters

(With inputs from agencies)