Two strong explosions rocked Kabul Tuesday evening, about two hours apart, one of which was attributed by security sources to a vehicle bomb near the home of the Minister of Defense, in the center of the Afghan capital. Several detonations of less intensity followed the second explosion, which occurred around 10 p.m. and whose origin was not immediately known. Heavy gunfire continued to be heard in central Kabul, 30 minutes after it.
No official record of these two explosions was immediately available. The first explosion, heard in several neighborhoods of the Afghan capital, was that of a car bomb driven by a suicide bomber targeting the house of a deputy, next to the home of the Minister of Defense, General Bismillah Mohammadi, reported under the Covered the anonymity several security sources, adding that the attackers had managed to enter the deputy.
“Don’t worry, everything is fine,” the defense minister tweeted, about an hour after the first explosion. “Terrorists detonated a car full of explosives in a residential area of Kabul tonight [mardi]. As a result, a number of terrorists entered homes and clashed with the security forces. Special police forces are there and have started the clean-up operations, ”Interior Ministry spokesman Mirwais Stanekzai said.
An Afghan security source reported three people killed and two injured in this first explosion, without further details.
The Taliban have been leading an all-out offensive against Afghan forces for three months, thanks to the now complete withdrawal of international forces from the country, and have seized large rural areas of the country. The Afghan forces, which have so far offered little resistance, essentially control only the provincial capitals, three of which have recently been the target of insurgent attacks. Kabul has been the target of several bombings in May and June.