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Explosion Occurs Near High-Level Taliban Meeting In Kabul
Explosion Occurs Near High-Level Taliban Meeting In Kabul

Kabul, 22 May (ONA) ---- An explosion has taken place near the grand hall in the capital Kabul where a high-level Taliban ceremony was under way, police confirmed today.

In a statement, Kabul police spokesperson Khalid Zadran said the blast has taken place in front of the Isteqlal hotel where the Taliban leaders were commemorating the anniversary of the death of their former supreme leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour who was killed in a US drone strike in 2016.

According to initial information, one civilian was wounded in the blast, Zadran said.

He added that security forces were investigating the incident.

Senior Taliban Cabinet members were present at the commemoration event.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that a suicide bomber was attempting to target the hall, without giving further details.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion.

--- Ends/AH