At least 80 killed, 350 hurt in Afghanistan bombing

Angelica Greene
June 1, 2017

The explosion took place at the peak of Kabul's rush hour when roads are packed with worktime commuters, at about 8.25am local time (3.55am GMT).

Officials have said the blast is one of the largest and deadliest to hit Kabul in years. Civil society activists have launched campaigns to donate much needed blood for the victims.

At least 80 people are dead after a bomb went off near the German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Respected analyst Rita Katz, of SITE Intel, has said Isis is likely to claim the blast.

The Taliban - now in the midst of their annual "spring offensive" - denied they were involved, while strongly condemning the blast.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying, "Even in this holy month of Ramadan, which is a month of worship, virtue, and blessings, terrorists have no intention to stop killing the innocent people". "Our aim is to train the Afghan forces to enable them to step up their efforts in stabilizing their own country", he said.

"There are several other important compounds and offices near there too", he told Reuters.

A foreign security guard, center, and Afghan forces patrol near the site of a massive explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

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The Afghan ministry of foreign affairs also slammed the attack and said that by creating such carnage, the perpetrators will not reach their "ugly goals". Employees of diplomatic representations were injured, as well as five employees of BBC.

Police used batons and dogs, and three officers were injured, but they eventually managed to detain the student, reported public broadcaster BR, adding that the student speaks German and had been offered a job. "The enemy has no mercy on civilians", the Afghan Government stated. At least one journalist of the Tolo was killed in addition to a security guard at the German embassy.

Wednesday's attack underscored that Ramadan, which began at the weekend, would provide little respite from the violence across Afghanistan. "Therefore, there will be no collective deportations to Afghanistan in the next few days", said the official.

Fifty vehicles were also destroyed in the blast in the Afghan capital's central Zanbaq Square, according to the ministry. There were no immediate reports of casualties among Iranian Embassy personnel.

A powerful blast that rocked Kabul caused damage to numerous buildings, including the French and German embassies.

India has strongly deplored the heinous and reprehensible terrorist attack in Kabul today.

He said India stand as one with their sisters and brothers in afghanistan in this hard hour. "Forces supporting terrorism need to be defeated", Modi said. "Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening", Unsworth said.

Other reports by GizPress

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