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Thick smoke seen rising after huge explosion rocks Kabul 

A huge blast has rocked Kabul in latest apparent attack in the capital of war-torn Afghanistan. 

A loud explosion rattled windows and photos posted online purportedly of the blast showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky.

It was not immediately clear whether there were any casualties from the blast, which comes a week after a deadly attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in the city. 

Smoke billowing from the blast that has hit the Afghan capital Kabul

The explosion happened in a crowded part of the city where the interior ministry, the European Union and the High Peace Council have offices. 

Kabul police headquarters is also in the vicinity of the blast.

‘I can confirm an explosion happened near the old interior ministry building in Kabul,’ interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi told AFP.

The explosion comes exactly a week after Taliban militants stormed the luxury hotel killing at least 22 people, the majority foreigners.

A security alert issued to foreigners on Saturday morning warned that the Islamic State group, which has terrorised the city in recent months, was planning ‘to conduct aggressive attacks’ on supermarkets, shops and hotels frequented by foreigners.



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