Published: Wed, May 31, 2017
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Several killed, wounded in huge Kabul explosion - Afghan police


A huge suicide bomb ripped through a secure area of Kabul at the height of the Wednesday morning rush hour, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 300, Afghan officials said.

A public health spokesman said at least 67 wounded people had been taken to hospitals around Kabul.

An Afghan health official says the rush-hour suicide vehicle bombing in Kabul has killed at least nine people and wounded as many as 90.

German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel said an Afghan security guard was killed and several employees of the German embassy injured.

A statement from the Ministry of Interior Affairs condemned the attack "in the strongest terms".

NATO's Resolute Support Mission said that Afghan security forces had prevented the truck carrying explosives from entering the Green Zone.

Witnesses described dozens of cars choking the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls sought safety, with men and women struggling to get through security checkpoints to search for loved ones.

German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr said the Kabul embassy would remain closed until further notice and that local staff were receiving medical care.

The powerful blast damaged windows and doors of the embassy but all officials are safe, sources have confirmed.

Today's blast is the latest in a long list of attacks that have happened in Kabul over the recent years.

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The Indian Embassy is not located too far from presidential palace of Afghanistan.

Islamic State, the other main militant group active in Afghanistan, has carried out high profile attacks in Kabul, including an attack on a military hospital in March that killed more than 50 people.

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 US Embassy does not appear to have been the target of the blast", a spokesperson said, and referred questions on casualties to the Afghanistan government.

"Ministry of Health confirms 80 dead and 319 wounded in deadly bombing in Kabul Wednesday", Tolo News Agency tweeted. "Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured", he wrote on Twitter.

December 11, 2015 - A guesthouse near the Spanish Embassy was targeted by terrorists in Kabul when a vehicle bomb was detonated.

U.S. troops in Afghanistan number about 8,400 today, and there are another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

The commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, told a congressional hearing earlier this year that he needed several thousand more troops to help Afghan forces break a "stalemate" with the Taliban.

U.S. and Afghan forces have been battling the Taliban insurgency for more than 15 years.

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