Afghanistan Explosion, Gunshots Near Guest House Popular With Chinese Visitors In Kabul

An explosion followed by gunshots were heard near a guest house popular with Chinese business visitors in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, AFP reported citing witnesses. The incident was reported from Kabul’s Shahr-e-Naw area, one of Kabul’s main commercial areas.

“It was a very loud explosion and then there was a lot of gunfire,” the witness told AFP, while local media also reported similar details.

There have been scores of bomb blasts and attacks — many claimed by the local chapter of the ISIS group — in the past few months in Afghanistan. However, the ruling Taliban has claimed to have improved national security since storming back to power in August last year.

There has been a significant number of Chinese business people visiting Afghanistan since the Taliban’s return to power, AFP reported. Beijing maintains a full embassy in Kabul even while not officially recognizing the regime.