Afghan official: Blast kills at least 5, 50 hurt

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says at least five civilians are dead and around 50 are wounded after a large blast in the capital, Kabul.

Interior Ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the number of casualties from Monday night's bombing could grow as the blast destroyed a number of homes.

He said the target was the Green Village compound, which is home to several international organizations and guesthouses.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the explosion, which came just hours after a U.S. envoy announced a deal had been reached "in principle" with the militant group for ending America's longest war.

They said the first 5,000 U.S. troops would leave Afghanistan within five months' time under a deal with the Taliban that was reached "in principle," but still needed President Donald Trump's approval.

Zalmay Khalilzad showed the draft to the Afghan president on Monday after declaring that they are "at the threshold of an agreement" on ending America's longest war.