Bomb goes off in Kabul weapons depot

Published December 12, 2013
The blast triggered the US embassy's “duck and cover” sirens.  — File Photo
The blast triggered the US embassy's “duck and cover” sirens. — File Photo

KABUL: Afghanistan's intelligence agency says a large bomb has accidentally gone off inside a weapons depot in downtown Kabul. No one was hurt in the explosion.

Gen Farid Shamal, deputy spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, says the bomb was part of a weapons cache that was seized from insurgents. It was stored inside a special depot in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Shamal says the blast was caused by a ''technical issue.''

The depot is located close to the headquarters of the US-led international military coalition and the American Embassy.

The loud blast shook parts of downtown Kabul on Thursday and triggered the US embassy's “duck and cover” sirens.

On Wednesday, a suicide car bomb went off near a gate used by Nato troops in the northern section of the Kabul airport. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

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