This will be brief, but I will update as I get more info.
So far it appears there have been 4 explosions in Kabul, possibly near the airport. Or the Kabul Customs office.
Reports of fighting and Helicopters hovering.
Will update as I get more details.
Obama had left hours before this happened!
From US Embassy Twitter feed:
U.S. Embassy Kabul @USEmbassyKabulIt appears now they are suggesting explosions are in west Kabul.
Duck and cover here at the embassy. Not a drill - avoid the area.
According to Tolo TV news (An Afghan channel)
Lotfullah Najafizada @LNajafizadaMore confirm this was a suicide bomber:
It was a suicide car bomb on the Pul-e Charkhi road. Casualties feared.
Reuters Shalizi @HamidShalizi
Possible suicide car bombing against foreigners in Pule Charkhi close to a girl's school, many casualties feared - witnesses.
Combat Journalist™ @combatjournoOh, good think ISAF is monitoring the situation. /sarcasm
BREAKING NEWS -- Tolo: Suicide Car Bomb on Pul-e-Charkhi road. US Military's Camp Phoenix is located close at the blast area
ISAF @ISAFmediaMore from Twitter:
ISAF: We are aware of explosions in the Kabul area. We are assessing the situation and will provide info as appropriate.
Combat Journalist™ @combatjournoWell it seems CNN has caught on, just heard about this on AC360
Kabul Police Chief Gen Salangi on Phone Re Blasts: 2 suicide bombers on vehicles have detonated their cars. Police is present in the area.
It seems the fighting still ongoing, and Reuters reported Taliban taking "credit" for the attack.
Dion Nissenbaum @DionNissenbaum
Green Village resident says gunmen inside the compound. Attack ongoing.
Ahmad Farzad Lami @FarzadLamehSo true:
Kabul attack update: Five civilians reported to have been killed in a suicide attack happened in district 9. TOLOnews says.
Ahmad Shuja @AhmadShuja10:00 pm Pacific time: I am exhausted so I will not be updating further
Obama's visit is emblematic of the wider Afghan reality: America will eventually leave, but the violence in Afghans' daily lives will not.
I do hope that peace prevails in Kabul and here in the US where the Occupy actions are still ongoing.