Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 80, wounds scores

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01 June, 2017

None of the wounded Americans appears to have life-threatening injuries as a result of the attack in which Afghan officials say at least 90 people were killed and 400 wounded.

Even though the Taliban claim they are only waging war against the Kabul government and foreign forces in Afghanistan, most casualties of their attacks have been civilians.

The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace.

Germany's embassy was the closest to the bomb, and officials said an Afghan security guard was killed, and other staff were injured.

The Japanese Embassy also confirmed two of its employees had been wounded, and heavy damage was sustained by the nearby British, Turkish and Chinese embassies as well as the AFP news agency's offices.

Afghan residents stand near a damaged building near the site of a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017.

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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The powerful blast, which was heard in several parts of the city, happened amid the holy month of Ramadan and during rush hour when people were going to their work places.

"Such attacks do not change our resolve in continuing to support the Afghan government in the stabilization of the country", Gabriel said.

It was the latest in a series of deadly attacks, a lot of them claimed by either the Taliban or Islamic State, that have terrorized citizens of the Afghan capital.

Manpreet Vohra, India's envoy to Afghanistan, told the Times Now television channel the bomb went off around 100 metres from India's embassy, one of several in the area. A flight that was supposed to leave Berlin for Kabul on Wednesday carrying deported migrants has been canceled, the German Interior Ministry said. A suicide bomber first blew himself up at the rear of hospital, across the road from the heavily fortified USA embassy, which provided the signal for three attackers with automatic weapons and hand grenades to open fire inside the complex, according to witnesses.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have staged large-scale attacks in the Afghan capital in the past. After two hours, smoke was still rising from the scene and shops almost a mile away from the blast experienced blown out windows.

At the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital a few blocks away from the blast, there were scenes of chaos as ambulances brought in wounded.

There are about 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan - a majority of them are involved in training and advising Afghan troops.


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