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Explosion rocks the Afghan capital Kabul

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — A huge explosion rocked the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday and a loud noise was heard several kilometers (miles) from its position, witnesses said.

Gunfire was also heard following the explosion, which officials said occurred near the Green Village, a huge compound east of the city used by international staff.

A huge white cloud was seen over the area of ​​the blast, which has repeatedly seen suicide attacks.

No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing so far and it was not immediately known if it caused any casualties.

The blast coincided with a visit by a senior US diplomat to Kabul to present a draft US-Taliban deal to President Ashraf Ghani. The deal is expected to pave the way for the withdrawal of thousands of US troops from Afghanistan.

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