Explosions Rock Kabul, Afghanistan, After Obama Visits

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

(CBS/AP) KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan official says 3 explosions have occurred in the eastern part of the capital. He says the blasts were followed by sporadic shooting.

Kabul police official Mohammed Zahir says Wednesday morning's blasts were heard near a "camp for foreigners" in the east of Kabul. He says shooting was heard after the blasts.

The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility at least one of the blasts, a car bomb attack which police said targeted a housing compound for westerners in the city, Reuters reports.

"One of our mujahedeen detonated his car in front of a military base. Other mujahedeen are inside the base fighting. There are very heavy casualties for the enemy," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Reuters in a phone call.

U.S. President Barack Obama left Kabul only hours before the attacks after signing a strategic agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

In mid-April, Pakistan-based militants carried out a brazen, 18-hour attack on targets in the Afghan capital, including the U.S. Embassy.

Afghan officials said a gunman arrested in the attacks told authorities the simultaneous strikes in Kabul and three other cities were carried out by the Haqqani network, a militant group allegedly linked to Pakistan's spy agency. The attacks killed 11 people -- eight members of the Afghan security forces and three civilians. Thirty-six insurgents were also killed.

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