Editor's note: We're following social media reports from journalists Khoshhal Taib and Kawoon Khamoosh of another possible bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan, following this morning's attack which left at least 28 dead. More information as we know it. - Tricia
Editor's note: TOLO News in Afghanistan and other local media are reporting, without citing a source yet, that the blast in central Kabul was due to a suicide bomber who detonated an explosive-laden vehicle outside a security unit protecting officials. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has also tweeted characterizing the blast as a 'terrorist attack.' We are waiting for official confirmation on the nature of the blast, as well as further information on possible casualties. - Imana
Kabul (/ˈkɑːbᵿl/; Pashto: کابل Persian pronunciation: [ˈkʰɒːbul], Persian: کابل) is the capital of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as well as the largest city of Afghanistan, located in the eastern section of the country. According to a 2015 estimate, the population of the city was around 3,678,034, which includes all the major ethnic groups. Due to rapid urbanization that has seen large-migration to the city, it is the 64th largest and the 5th fastest growing city in the world.
Kabul is over 3,500 years old and many empires have controlled the city which is at a strategic location along the trade routes of South and Central Asia. It has been ruled by the Achaemenids, Seleucids, Mauryans, Kushans, Kabul Shahis, Saffarids, Ghaznavids, and Ghurids. Later it was controlled by the Mughal Empire until finally becoming part of the Durrani Empire with help from the Afsharid dynasty.
During the Soviet war in Afghanistan the city continued to be an economic center and was relatively safe. Between 1992 and 1996, a civil war between militant groups devastated Kabul and caused the deaths of thousands of civilians, serious damage to infrastructure, and an exodus of refugees. Since the Taliban's fall from power in November 2001, the Afghan government and other countries have attempted to rebuild the city, although the Taliban insurgents have slowed the re-construction efforts and staged major attacks against the government, the NATO-led forces, foreign diplomats and Afghan civilians.