KABUL, Afghanistan (PM) — A large explosion has been detected in Afghanistan’s capital close to the U.S. Embassy shortly after midnight on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attack on the United States.
A plume of smoke arose early Wednesday over Kabul. An embassy employee reached by phone confirmed the blast but had no further details.
It would be the first significant attack in the Afghan capital since President Donald Trump abruptly called off U.S.-Taliban talks on the verge of an ostensible deal to end America’s longest war.
Two Taliban car bombs jolted Kabul last week, killing several civilians and two members of the NATO mission. Trump has cited the death of a U.S. service member in one of those blasts as the reason why he now considers the U.S.-Taliban talks “dead.”