Date
20 August 2017
Afghan security forces carry an injured man near the site of a powerful blast in the center of Kabul on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters
Afghan security forces carry an injured man near the site of a powerful blast in the center of Kabul on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

At least 80 dead, hundreds injured in Kabul bomb blast

A powerful bomb exploded in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people and injuring hundreds in one of the deadliest terror attacks in the Afghan capital in recent times. 

The blast, during the morning rush hour, took place near the fortified entrance of the German embassy in the city, Reuters reports.

A police spokesman told the news agency that it was a car bombing incident, but some reports suggested that the blast was caused by explosives concealed in a water tanker.

Whatever be the case, the explosion was huge, causing panic in the center of the city and shattering windows in houses hundreds of meters away.

According to the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Kabul, Afghan security forces had prevented a vehicle from entering the heavily protected Green Zone that houses many foreign embassies as well as RS headquarters.

The vehicle may have detonated before reaching its intended target.

A public health official told Reuters that at least 80 people had been killed and more than 350 wounded. The victims appear mainly to have been Afghan civilians.

As well as the German embassy, the French and Chinese embassies were among those damaged, but there were no immediate signs of injuries among their diplomats. 

Video shot at the scene showed burning debris, crumbled walls and buildings and destroyed cars, many with dead or injured people inside.

The Taliban denied responsibility and said they condemn attacks that have no legitimate target and kill civilians.

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

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