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    Afghan security forces and medics are seen at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul

    Blast Reported Near Ministry of Communications in Kabul - Afghani Police

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    The news comes just a week after the Taliban movement announced its new spring offensive against government forces. At the same time, Afghanistan's Defence Ministry, Interior Ministry, and the National Directorate of Security said they had killed about 128 Taliban militants during recent operations in different parts of the country.

    "Operations finished. All suicide bombers killed & more than 2000 civilians staff rescued," the Ministry of Interior said on Twitter.

    A few hours earlier, an explosion and gunfire were reported in the centre of the Afghan capital, close to the communications ministry buildings.

    "Around 11:40 am (7:10 GMT) an explosion was heard near the communication ministry, and sporadic firing has also been heard in the area", Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said.

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    The Tolo News television channel reported, citing witnesses that attackers were allegedly fighting security forces on the first floor of the ministry building. At the same time, Reuters reported, citing an anonymous security official that the blast appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomb at the entry to the ministry.

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