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Explosions, Gunfire Heard In Kabul

At least two loud explosions have been heard in central Kabul in the past hour and there's been gunfire in the area, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and other correspondents in the Afghan capital are reporting.

The Associated Press says that:

Abdul Ghafor Sayedzada, a top investigator for the Kabul police, confirmed the blasts, which occurred near the Kabul City Center, a nine-story shopping area near a hotel that is frequented by Westerners. A reporter for The Associated Press said gunmen opened fire at the site.

CNN adds that "the force of the first explosion was so strong that it shook CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman awake, he said."

Soraya alerted NPR's newsroom about the news around 9:15 p.m. ET — which means the first blast happened around 6:45 a.m. in Kabul.

Just before 10 p.m. ET, Soraya reported that the gunfire had subsided. We'll update this story in the morning.