23 Dec 2012

Fire sweeps through Afghan market

9:22 pm on 23 December 2012

Dozens of shops have been destroyed by a fire raging through a market in the centre of the Afghan capital Kabul.

No one was killed, but the fire caused millions of dollars of damage.

Kabul's main money exchange, which is located within the market, was evacuated before the fire reached it.

The blaze was tackled by Afghan firefighters and police, as well as NATO forces.

The BBC reports the market is located less than a kilometre from the presidential office and several key Afghan ministries and is normally crowded during the day.

As the fire approached the money market, traders moved hundreds of thousands of dollars to safety in waiting police vans. Shopkeepers also removed their stocks of gold from the nearby gold market.

There was no indication the fire had been caused by a bomb attack.