An explosion outside the foreign ministry in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Wednesday caused a number of casualties, police said.
A photo of the area, confirmed by official sources, showed at least nine people wounded or killed, lying outside the ministry as security forces attended to them.
The blast hit around 4 p.m. local time (1130 GMT), Kabul’s police spokesperson Khalid Zadran said. He did not provide details on the number of casualties, saying officials were investigating.
The Taliban-run administration has faced an insurgency by Islamic State militants who have targeted foreigners at certain sites, including the Russian and Pakistani embassies and a hotel catering to Chinese businessmen.
The blast took place at a busy time of day in a heavily fortified area surrounded by checkpoints on a street housing several ministries.
A person in a nearby office, who asked not to be named, described hearing a loud explosion and said they were evacuated from their building.
Some countries, including Turkey and China, also have embassies in the area.
A spokesperson for the foreign ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.