K abul: A fortified compound for foreign workers inKabulwas hit by at least one Taliban suicide car bomb soon afterUSPresident Barack Obama visited the Afghan capital.
Kabul woke to explosions and gunfire just hours after Mr Obama had completed his visit to sign a 10 year strategic pact with Hamid Karzai guaranteeing further support to Afghanistan after most Nato troops leave.
Ayub Salangi,Kabul’s police chief, told Reuters a suicide attacker had struckGreenVillage, a high-security compound on Jalalabad road to the east of the city.
The blast soon after 6am was followed by gunfire and early reports on Afghan media said heavy casualties were feared.
A spokesman for the Taliban insurgency claimed responsibility for the attack.
Mr Obama had claimed only hours earlier that “the light of a new day on the horizon” was in America’s sights after a decade of war, as he capitalized on the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death with his surprise visit to Afghanistan.