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Blast, Gunfire Rock Central Kabul

Members of Afghan Crisis Response Unit (CRU) arrive at the site of a Taliban attack in the capital Kabul on December 11.

A loud explosion has rocked central Kabul, followed by bursts of gunfire.

Initial reports suggest gunmen entered a guest house in the Sherpour area, which houses foreign embassies, in the evening of December 11, following a suicide attack.

Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said the explosion appeared to have come from a car bomb.

There were no immediate details of any damage or casualties.

Police have cordoned off the area.

The attack comes after President Ashraf Ghani returned from a regional peace conference in Islamabad aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with the Taliban.

It also follows an attack this week on the country's second-largest military base, Kandahar Airfield, in which more than 50 people were killed.

With reporting by AFP and Reuters