ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Massive explosions tore through an army ammunition depot in Kabul, Afghanistan, early today, lighting the sky with flames that rose more than 1,000 feet high, Western diplomatic sources said.
There was no immediate word on casualties, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
State-run Kabul Radio reported that the explosions were the result of an accident, the sources said. But Western sources said Muslim rebels may have been responsible.
The government, aided by about 115,000 Soviet troops, has been fighting a war against the Muslims since 1979, and the diplomats said there was no way to know if guerrillas were involved.
The diplomats said the depot belongs to the Afghan army's 8th Division and is located in the densely populated Qarga Lake area. Houses in the immediate vicinity were badly damaged, they said.