A collection of loud explosions have shaken central Kabul, together with a number of rockets that landed close to the closely fortified Inexperienced Zone the place many embassies and worldwide corporations are primarily based, officers mentioned.

There have been no fast studies of any casualties, however Saturday’s explosions occurred in densely populated components of the Afghan capital.

Kabul police spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz confirmed “a number of rockets” had been fired, whereas pictures on social media appeared to point out harm to an exterior wall at a big medical advanced.

The inside ministry mentioned two small “sticky bomb” explosions had been reported earlier Saturday morning, together with one which hit a police automobile, killing one policeman and wounding three others.

No group instantly claimed accountability for blasts, which got here amid an ongoing wave of violence that has wrought carnage throughout Afghanistan in latest months.

The Taliban has pledged to not assault city areas underneath the phrases of a US withdrawal deal, however the Kabul administration has blamed the insurgents or their proxies for different latest assaults in Kabul.

Taliban and Afghan authorities negotiators launched peace talks in Doha in September however progress has been gradual.

Officers informed AFP on Friday nonetheless {that a} breakthrough was anticipated to be introduced within the coming days, and the US State Division introduced late on Friday that the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, would meet individually with negotiators from the Taliban and the Afghan authorities in Doha on Saturday.

Pompeo may even meet Qatar’s ruler, Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and the international minister on his cease in Qatar, the Taliban’s base for diplomacy, the State Division mentioned on its public schedule.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon mentioned it might quickly pull some 2,000 troops out of Afghanistan, rushing up the timeline established in a February settlement between Washington and the Taliban that envisions a full US withdrawal in mid-2021.

Trump has repeatedly vowed to finish “eternally wars,” together with in Afghanistan, America’s longest-ever battle that started with an invasion to dislodge the Taliban following the September 11 assaults in 2001.

President-elect Joe Biden, in a uncommon level of settlement, has additionally advocated winding down the Afghanistan struggle though analysts imagine he is not going to be as wedded to a fast timetable.

Prior to now six months, the Taliban carried out 53 suicide assaults and 1,250 explosions that left 1,210 civilians useless and a couple of,500 wounded, inside ministry spokesman Tariq Arian mentioned this week.