Explosions in Afghan capital wound three, say officials

An Afghan police officer inspecting vehicles at a checkpoint in Kabul in 2017.
An Afghan police officer inspecting vehicles at a checkpoint in Kabul in 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

KABUL (REUTERS) - Twin explosions in the centre of the Afghan capital of Kabul wounded at least three people on Wednesday (April 25), officials said, amid there were conflicting reports about the cause of the blast.

With the city on high alert following Sunday's deadly attack on a voter registration centre that killed around 60 people in the west of the city, the explosions were reported during the evening rush hour as many people were leaving work.

According to security personnel near the site of the explosion, close to a large mosque in the city centre, an unknown attacker threw a hand grenade at a police checkpoint before escaping on foot.

However the public health ministry said the explosion was caused by two magnetic bombs and three people were wounded. Police also said a domestic gas bottle had blown up.

The explosion came on the day Islamist Taleban militants announced the start of their annual spring offensive.

(This story is developing)