By Ria Novosti
At least two explosions hit Kabul after U.S. President Barack Obama left the Afghan capital following a surprise visit, the Voice of America reported citing local police and witnesses. There have been no confirmed reports of injuries.
Taliban militants claimed responsibility for one suicide bombing, which, according to Kabul’s police chief, hit Jalalabad road, the main road to the east of Kabul. A few U.S. military bases and housing compounds are located in the area.
Witnesses reported at least one other explosion in the city’s east, followed by gunfire.
During his address to the nation from Afghanistan’s Bagram Air Base, Obama in particular said talks with the Taliban were underway.
“In coordination with the Afghan government, my administration has been in direct discussions with the Taliban. We’ve made it clear that they can be a part of this future if they break with al Qaeda, renounce violence and abide by Afghan laws,” he said.
“Many members of the Taliban – from foot soldiers to leaders – have indicated an interest in reconciliation. The path to peace is now set before them. Those who refuse to walk it will face strong Afghan security forces, backed by the United States and our allies,” Obama said.
During the brief visit, Obama and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai signed the Strategic Partnership Agreement outlining interaction between the countries after the withdrawal of the U.S.-led international troops in 2014.