During rush hour, a powerful blast hit Kabul’s diplomatic district on Monday, sending a plume of black smoke over the Afghan capital. According to Reuteurs witness, the blast left more than 100 people wounded.
The wounded include 26 children and six women, killing 16 people. The bomb blast hit a military compound in Kabul less than two miles from the U.S. Embassy.
The explosion went off with Kabul’s streets packed with morning commuters. Mohammad Karim, a police official in the area, said a car bomb exploded outside a Defense Ministry building. Militants then ran into a nearby high-rise in a crowded market area and began firing down toward the ministry. Police and Afghan security forces swarmed the area and cordoned it off.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack as peace talks between senior members of the Islamic extremist group and U.S. negotiators appeared to struggle to make headway in Qatar.