Taliban claims responsibility for a powerful truck bomb in Kabul

The militants said in a statement that "dozens" were killed in the blast targeting foreigners, but the claim is still unconfirmed.
August 1, 2016, 12:22am
Imagen tomada desde una montaña de Kabul Kabul Mountain, al sur de la ciudad. Domingo 31 de julio de 2016. (Imagen por Rahmat Gul/AP)

The Taliban claimed responsibility for a truck bomb attack on a military and logistics services compound in Kabul early on Monday, after a powerful explosion was heard all around the city.

A security services official said four heavily armed attackers were fighting on the site of the Northgate Hotel, a secure residential compound for foreign military and civilian organizations.

There was no immediate word on casualties from Afghan authorities.

A spokeswoman for the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said they were assessing the situation but gave no details.

Related: Islamic State claims Kabul attack that killed at least 61

A statement from the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said had caused dozens of casualties and added its fighters had entered the compound.

The attack comes around a week after Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a demonstration by members of the mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority, killing at least 80 people.

The Taliban, which often says it wants to avoid civilian casualties, said the compound was not near homes and that ordinary people were not harmed.