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5 killed in explosion near Kabul hospital, several injured

This was the third consecutive day of blast rocking the Afghan capital.

SNS | New Delhi |

At least five people were killed and four others injured in an explosion that took place near a hospital in Kabul on Tuesday, according to an officials.

Afghan forces have rescued more than 40 people, TOLO News quoted said Tariq Arian, a spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, as saying.

According to the local residents, the sounds of two blasts and gunfire came from inside the hospital in the Dasht-e-Barchi area of PD13, TOLO News reported.

MP Mahdi Rasekh also confirmed that a number of doctors were trapped inside the hospital, and there were reports that security forces have arrived at the scene.

A source told TOLO that the victims comprised three women, a child, and a member of security forces.

There is a guesthouse behind the hospital where foreigners are currently lodged and the attackers were trying to get inside, security sources told TOLO News.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban has rejected their involvement.

This was the third consecutive day of blast rocking the Afghan capital.

On Monday, four back-to-back roadside bombs exploded in a northern district of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul that left four civilians injured.

Terrorists have carried out several roadside bombings and rocket attacks in Kabul and other parts of the country in recent weeks, but Monday’s four consecutive explosions appeared to be the first coordinated effort for some months.

The explosions come as authorities are trying to impose a lockdown in the capital to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country.