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Second Powerful Blast Rocks Kabul


Afghan men carry a wounded man at the site of an explosion in Kabul on January 4.

A powerful blast has rocked Kabul, the second explosion of the day to hit the Afghan capital.

Witnesses said the blast on January 4 occurred near Kabul International Airport, hours after a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police checkpoint near the airport.

A police official told Reuters that the blast appeared to come from a vehicle bomb near a compound for contractors close to the airport.

Police said there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing.

Earlier in the day, a suicide bomber struck a street leading to Kabul airport, but no casualties were reported besides the attacker.

The incidents comes amid a spike in attacks in Kabul, where two people were killed and 15 injured after a restaurant was targeted by a suicide bomber on New Year's day.

Based on reporting by AFP, dpa, and Reuters

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