Blast, gunbattle rock Kabul shopping mall (Lead)

February 14th, 2011 - 5:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, Feb 14 (IANS) A massive bombing followed a few minutes later with gunfire rocked a shopping mall frequented by foreigners in downtown Kabul, an official said.”Gun battle is continuing between the attackers and police inside the City Center,” an official told Xinhua.

He said that the attackers first carried out the bombing at the gate of City Center and then gun battle erupted.

The blast happened in Charrahi Ansari area in downtown Kabul. While it was initially reported that it was a suicide bombing, other reports did not describe it as a suicide blast.

City Center is a shopping mall frequented by foreigners and wealthy Afghans.

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