Rush-hour bombing near embassies kills 80, wounds hundreds in Kabul

Ruben Hill
June 13, 2017

Further, the target of the attack - which took place near the German embassy in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood - is unclear, Afghanistan public health ministry spokesman Ismail Kawasi confirmed to the Associated Press.

The 15-member council also reaffirmed on May 31 that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to global peace and security, a statement said.

Llorens offered his "deepest condolences to the families of all those killed and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured". Yet in February this year, the United Nations released another round of gut-wrenching statistics on Afghan civilian deaths and injuries, concluding that "Kabul province had the highest number of civilian casualties [in the country] due to suicide and complex attacks in Kabul city".

Meanwhile, the Taliban has expanded its operations challenging Afghan forces on several fronts.

At least 20 people were killed and 41 wounded in a bomb blast outside the Supreme Court in the centre of Kabul in what appeared to be the latest in a series of attacks on the judiciary.

The truck, believed to be driven by a suicide bomber, exploded with a deafening roar at 8:22 downtown Kabul when the roads were packed with motorists driving to work, the Afghan media reported. "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.

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

Afghanistan has blamed Pakistan and a Taliban-affiliated group for Wednesday's massive truck bombing in the capital Kabul that claimed up to 90 lives and left more than 400 injured.

A water tanker laden with explosives blew up Wednesday on the edge of central Kabul's heavily fortified diplomatic and government zone, killing at least 90 people and injuring as many as 350 in one of the deadliest attacks of the 16-year war. "They are asking for the resignation of Afghan security officials, calling this attack a security and intelligence failure".

A police officer said it was hard to say who was the intended target. The insurgent group rarely claims responsibility for attacks that kill large numbers of civilians. The blast shattered windows a mile away and sent clouds of black smoke swirling above the city.

The explosion destroyed or damaged more than 50 vehicles, the Ministry of Interior Affairs said.

Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Donati, in Kabul, said the explosion happened close to western embassies, government institutions and the residences of high-ranking officials and their families.

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