Blast near U.S. embassy in Kabul was accident, Afghan official says

KABUL Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:15am EST

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KABUL (Reuters) - An accidental detonation of explosives stored in an Afghan facility beside the U.S. embassy in Kabul sparked a brief panic early on Thursday, triggering concerns of an attack, but no immediate reports of casualties.

The blast happened about 10.30 a.m. (1 a.m. ET), and the U.S. embassy's alarm was heard blaring across the diplomatic area of the Afghan capital immediately afterwards.

But Farid Shamal, a spokesman for Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security, allayed the worries, saying an electrical fault had accidentally ignited explosives stored in the agency's main compound in Kabul.

"There was an explosion inside an ammunition and weapons cache we had seized from the insurgency," he said, adding that no one was injured in the blast.

The explosion came a day after a suicide bomber attacked a German convoy entering an ISAF facility at the city's international airport.

(Reporting by Mirwais Harooni and Dylan Welch; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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chin_me wrote:
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Dec 12, 2013 7:03am EST  --  Report as abuse
Maxwells wrote:
They have explosives being stored in a facility right next to the U.S Embassy? How convenient.

Dec 12, 2013 10:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
pbgd wrote:
Nothing to worry about, folks! Accidents will happen, especially near US embassies in Afghanistan, right?

Dec 12, 2013 10:55am EST  --  Report as abuse
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