Afghanistan: Explosion Near Kabul International Airport

December 10, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

An explosion took place in Afghanistan near Kabul International Airport on Wednesday, prompting initial speculation that the rocket had hit a runway at the airport.

Sediq Sediqqi, a government spokesman, said via Twitter that the explosion happened on Qasaba Road around 8:30 a.m.

The road is next to the airport.

Police are investigating. Police told Reuters that initial reports suggest it was an insurgent attack.

According to the news agency, the airport houses one of the NATO-led command’s most important bases, the ISAF Joint Command, which manages the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.

Emma Graham-Harrison, a correspondent for the Guardian, said that a suicide bomber in a car was targeting a convoy at the north airport gate, but detonated early.

No casualties are reported as of yet, she said.

Story developing; check back for updates

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