At least 80 killed in massive blast near Afghan capital

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 1, 2017

A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds more and damaging embassy buildings in the Afghan capital's unofficial "Green Zone".

Afghan insurgents have stepped up their attacks since the drawdown of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops from Afghanistan in 2014, devastating the capital of Kabul with increasingly deadly and brutal assaults and leaving Afghans feeling embattled and exhausted following 16 years of war.

In addition to the fatalities, 300 others were injured, the health ministry said.

At least 11 American contractors working for the USA embassy are among the injured, according to a US official. "Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening", the statement said.

April 12- At least five people were killed when a suicide bomber on foot carried out an attack in the capital, Kabul.

The bombing raises serious questions about the Afghan government's ability to provide basic security.

"Today's attack is a very dramatic example of what terrorists can do when they are determined to cause death and suffering among innocent civilians", he said.

The BBC said its Afghan driver Mohammed Nazir was killed and four of their journalists wounded.

French officials also said the country's mission in Kabul had been damaged, BBC reported.

Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told the New York Times that emergency workers had already removed 50 bodies from the scene.

Security forces are seen in front of the German Embassy after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

The neighborhood, which is the home to many foreign embassies, is considered highly secure. The Chinese, Turkish and Iranian embassies are also located there.

"The U.S Embassy reminds all US citizens that serious threats to safety and security exist in the city of Kabul and throughout Afghanistan", the statement added.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have staged large-scale attacks in the Afghan capital in the past. "It is hard to say what the exact target is".

"These heinous acts go against the values of humanity as well values of peaceful Afghans", the statement added.

One Afghan security guard was killed and others were likely among the dead, Gabriel said.

Leaders from around the world offered messages of condolences in the wake of Wednesday's attack.

India's Foreign Minister said the staff of its embassy, close to the blast, was safe.

Germany has had troops in Afghanistan for 15 years, primarily in the north in and around Mazar-e-Sharif.

For 16 years, US troops and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies have been fighting alongside Afghan forces to crush the Taliban and more recently ISIS in Afghanistan.

"That this attack would occur during the holy month of Ramadan underscores the senseless and barbaric nature of this attack", a White House spokesman said.

"The explosion was so loud that it shattered all my windows", Kabul resident Fatima Faizi told Al Jazeera.

The victims of the explosion at a busy intersection appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians on their way to work or school, as well as office workers whose nearby buildings did not have the protection of the blast walls that fortify the zone.

"Business will be very bad, nobody will come for shopping anymore", he added.

August 7, 2015 - A series of attacks kill at least 44 people and wound over 300 in one day in Kabul.

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