In Afghanistan, an explosion occurred near the residence of acting Afghanistan Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammad in Kabul last night. The blast took place in downtown Kabul at around 8 p.m. This came amid heavy clashes between Afghanistan forces and the Taliban in several Afghan cities. The attack was not immediately claimed by any terrorist organisation. Aghan forces battled the Taliban in Lashkar Gah as the fighting intensified in the city in southern Helmand province and the frontline was in District 1 where the US conducted an airstrike previous morning.
Over the last few weeks, the Taliban have captured several districts in Afghanistan including Takhar, the country’s northeastern province. Nationwide, the Taliban controls 223 districts, with 116 contested and the government holding 68, according to the Long War Journal, whose calculations tally with CNN’s estimates. It says, 17 of 34 provincial capitals are directly threatened by the Taliban.
A second loud blast followed by rapid gunfire rocked Kabul yesterday, less than two hours after a similar explosion went off in the Afghan capital. The second blast was also followed by some smaller explosions in a central part of the city, not far from the heavily fortified Green Zone that houses several foreign embassies, including the United States Mission.