An explosion hit the Afghan capital Kabul



At least 16 people were killed and more than 100 wounded as a car bomb exploded in central Kabul.

According to the International News Agency, a suicide car bomb attack rocked the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 100 people.

The attack took place in a residential area near Green Village, after which a nearby gas station caught fire.

Afghanistan's Ministry of the Interior has confirmed the death of 16 citizens, while more than 100 are injured and treated urgently. The death toll is expected to increase as some victims are in critical condition.

According to local media reports, gunfire was heard following the explosion, accompanied by a secondary explosion when a nearby gas station caught fire, sending plumes of smoke into the night sky.

Five of the people involved in the second explosion were shot dead by security forces there, Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

The attack took place as the main Afghan television channel broadcast an interview with US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who was discussing a possible Taliban agreement to withdraw US forces from five bases in Afghanistan.

Taliban representative Zabih Ullah Mujahid said the gunmen and the suicide bomber were in contact.

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