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Loud explosion heard from blast near Afghan airport

A loud explosion rocked the Afghan capital and witnesses told a television station the blast was near Kabul's airport.

Loud explosion heard from blast near Kabul's airport. Credit: Google Maps

There was no immediate word on any casualties or the cause of the blast. Tolo TV cited witnesses near Kabul's airport saying that the explosion was in that area.

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Five foreigners killed in attack on Kabul guest house

Gunman armed with AK-47 rifles killed five foreigners at a party in a popular guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan, officials said.

Afghan security forces stand guard at the site of an attack in Kabul Credit: Reuters

An American citizen is confirmed as one of the victims of the late night attack yesterday on the Park Plaza guest house, the US Embassy in Afghanistan has confirmed.

The attackers trapped several people inside before a shootout with security forces.

At least 16 people were rescued from the guest house, an army commander said.

"It happened when we were entering the front yard, and the eight of us immediately ran into the house and hid under the bed," said Hasib Salmadi, a local musician who was among the hostages freed from the guesthouse.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Three killed in suicide bomb attack on bus in Kabul

Three people have been killed and almost a dozen injured after a suicide bomber attacked a bus carrying government employees in Afghanistan.

The bus was carrying people home from work Credit: Reuters

Taliban insurgents have claimed responsibility for the attack, which happened near the attorney general's office in the west of capital city Kabul - the second bus attack in the area in just a week.

The bus was carrying people home from work when the bomber struck, killing three and injuring 10.

Violence has continued in Afghanistan since the withdrawal of many foreign forces last year.

Barack Obama: 'I profoundly regret what happened'

US President Barack Obama has said he "profoundly" regrets the deaths of two aid workers held hostage at an Al Qaeda compound near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan during a US counter-terror operation.

Mr Obama said he had offered "deepest apologies" to the families of American Dr Warren Eeinstein and Italian national Giovanni Lo Porto.

He also confirmed that a review had been ordered into the tragedy.

"We will identify the lessons that can be learned from this tragedy and any changes that should be made.

"We will continue to do everything we can to prevent the loss of innocent lives…in our counterterrorism operations", he added.

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White House 'sorrow' over deaths of hostages during rescue

The United States said an American counterterrorism operation in January killed two hostages, one American and one Italian, who were held by al Qaeda in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The operation in which American doctor Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto were killed also resulted in the death of an American al Qaeda leader, Ahmed Farouq, the White House said. Another American al Qaeda member, Adam Gadahn, also was killed, likely in a separate operation, the White House added.

In a statement, the White House expressed sorrow over the hostage deaths and said the United States had no reason to believe hostages were at the targeted compound.

Two hostages killed in US operation at Al-Qaeda compound

Two hostages, an Italian and an American, were killed in a US counter-terror operation at an Al Qaeda compound near the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan in January, the White House has said.

The White House expressed sorrow over the deaths of American Dr Warren Weinstein and Italian Giovanni Lo Porto and said it previously had no reason to believe any hostages were at the building targeted.

In a statement, the White House added that an Ahmed Farouq, an American Al Qaeda leader, was also killed in the operation, while another US member of the militant group, Adam Gadahn, was killed in January.

Barack Obama is set to make a statement at 3pm BST

Deadly suicide attack in Afghanistan claimed by IS

A suicide attack in Jalalabad in Afghanistan that killed at least 35 people has been claimed by the Islamic State.

A ten-year-old boy is treated in hospital in Jalalabad. At least 35 people have been killed and 125 injured in the blast. Credit: Reuters.

A motorcycle-riding bomber attacked a bank as a crowd of soldiers and civilians gathered outside to collect their monthly salaries.

The blast killed at least 35 people and wounded 125, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, a regional spokesman.

The attack marks a major escalation of an affiliate of the Islamist group known as Daesh that now holds a third of Iraq and Syria in its self-declared caliphate.

In the horrific incident in Nangarhar, who took responsibility? The Taliban didn't claim responsibility. Daesh claimed responsibility for it.

– Ashraf Ghani

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted that the group denied and condemned the attack.

Suicide bomb kills 33 and injures 100 in Afghanistan

A police chief said a suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government workers collect salaries.

Police have yet to determine if the attacker had worn the explosives or had placed them in a car. They were also investigating if there was a second explosion after people rushed to the scene to help.

Suicide bomb kills 33 and injures 100 in Afghanistan. Credit: Reuters
Police have yet to determine if the attacker had worn the explosives Credit: Reuters
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