KABUL: A massive explosion was triggered near Sidarat Square in central Kabul on Saturday, causing casualties and destruction, witnesses said.
The blast occurred at roughly 12.50 p.m. in front of Jamhoriat Hospital, where several government offices are located, eyewitness Mohammad Mustafa told Xinhua.
"We heard a huge blast in the area which is a few metres away from Sidarat Square. The whole place has now been sealed off," he said.
Security forces have cordoned off the area as a precautionary measure. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
The capital city, with a population of nearly five million, has been hit by a series of terror attacks in the past years.
On January 20, more than 20 people, including 14 foreigners, were killed and a dozen of others injured after the Taliban attacked a luxury hotel in Kabul.