Afghanistan

Taliban truck bomb strikes hotel for foreigners in Kabul

A massive Taliban truck bomb struck a hotel for foreigners on the outskirts of Kabul early on Monday, officials said, just days after the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital for 15 years 1 .

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the powerful bombing, which occurred close to the US-run Bagram air base north of Kabul but rattled windows several kilometres away.

The attack on Northgate hotel, a heavily guarded compound for foreign contractors with blast walls, watchtowers and sniffer dogs, underscores the worsening security situation in Afghanistan

Huge blast at contractors’ hotel shakes Kabul

Published 01/08/2016 The Kabul explosion was followed by several power cuts A huge explosion at a hotel for foreigners in Kabul has shaken Afghanistan’s capital.

It was not immediately clear what caused the blast, which shook much of the capital at 1.25am local time (9.55pm BST) on Monday.

It was followed by widespread power cuts

Merkel Cuts Short Vacation, Returns to Face Stunned German People

SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER (REUTERS) Merkel returns to Berlin to hold a news conference at 12 p.m. (1100 GMT) after a spate of attacks since July 18 left 15 people dead including four attackers and dozens injured.

Two assailants, a Syrian asylum seeker and a refugee from either Pakistan or Afghanistan, had links to Islamist militancy, officials say.