Powerful blast hits northern Afghanistan

Afghan policemen inspect the site of a car bombing in front of the police chief’s office in the southern city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province on July 31, 2011.

Several people are feared dead or injured after a huge explosion rocked a governor’s compound in northern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.

Afghan security sources said the explosion took place in the vicinity of the governor’s compound in the capital city of Sar-e Pol Province in the country’s north on Sunday evening.

The blast happened in a parking lot located very close to the compound.

Eyewitnesses say thick plumes of smoke were seen rising from the governor’s complex.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from the bomb attack and no group immediately claimed responsibility for the incident.

Security forces cordoned off the area after the blast, and launched an investigation.

The Taliban militants have recently announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing a new wave of attacks across Afghanistan.

Taliban said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces.

The announcement prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.

The United States invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of combating terrorism. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across the country despite the presence of thousands of US-led soldiers.

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This article originally appeared on : Press TV