KABUL: Several loud explosions were heard in the Afghan capital Kabul Sunday night and electricty supplies were cut, residents of the city reported to AFP. According to CNN reports, US have begun retaliatory action against Afghanistan with the first strike on Kandahar.
They said they could hear Taliban artillery, anti-aircraft and small arms fire in what sounded like an outbreak of fighting on the streets of the city. Tensions are high in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan as the ruling Islamic militia beefs up its frontlines in preparation for possible US military retaliation for its refusal to hand over indicted terrorist Osama bin Laden.
Opposition forces, poised as close as 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the capital, have pledged to cooperate with any US assault and have been in close talks with US military planners in recent days.
Taliban forces in the city on Saturday opened fire on what they said was a US spy plane flying over the city. US officials in Washington said President George W. Bush was scheduled to address the nation.