Blast heard in Afghan capital after Obama leaves

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Posted: May 01, 2012 10:18 PM
Blast heard in Afghan capital after Obama leaves

(Reuters) - An explosion was heard in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, hours after President Barack Obama left Kabul following an unannounced visit during which he signed a strategic partnership agreement.

Reuters journalists heard an explosion and police said they were investigating a blast in eastern Kabul. Obama left earlier after making a televised address to Americans from Bagram Air Base north of the capital.

A U.S. embassy warning system urged staff to stay away from windows and take cover. The embassy is in the main diplomatic area in the centre of the city.

(Reporting by Michael Georgy and Mirwais Harooni; Editing by Paul Tait)