Blast hits bank in Afghan capital close to US embassy

An explosion occurred near the heavily-fortified US embassy in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul Tuesday, an official said.

“An explosion has happened near Massoud Square in Kabul. We have no more details yet,” Najib Danish, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry, told AFP.

A report by Afghanistan’s Tolo News said, quoting a health ministry official, that one person was killed and eight people wounded in the explosion.

The blast appeared to have taken place outside a branch of Kabul Bank, the report said.

This is a developing story that is being updated as the situation evolves.