Several blasts, gunshots occur near U.S. base in Kabul

Other News Materials 2 May 2012 08:52 (UTC +04:00)

Several huge explosions and gunshots took place near a U.S. military base in the eastern part of Kabul early Wednesday, witnesses and officials said, Xinhua reported.

Two suicide bombers died in the car bomb explosions and Afghan police are exchanging fires with some other militants hiding in a building close to the U.S. base in the Pule Charki area, a security officer told Xinhua.

He said that a car bomb exploded on the Jalalabad road, the main way out of the capital to the east till the border with Pakistan. Several American military camps are located nearby.

Meanwhile in the downtown area of Sheerpur next to a diplomatic district that houses many foreign embassies, security forces are also fighting with some militants, local Tolo News reported. The U. S. embassy's warning system alarmed and its staff were asked to stay away from windows and take cover.

The attacks came hours after U.S. President Barack Obama left Kabul following a surprise visit, during which he signed the strategic partnership agreement with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.