The Islamic State on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a devastating explosion in the Afghan capital in which eighty people were killed and at least 300 injured.

The suspected car bomb took place around 8.30 am close to the Zanbaq square in the 10th police district of the city, according to Khaama News which quoted Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish.

The explosion took place near the Indian Embassy in Wazir Akbar Khan area. However, it was confirmed that everyone in the embassy is safe.

The massive explosion, which occurred during rush hour traffic in downtown Kabul, destroyed at least 50 vehicles and damaged dozens of buildings in a wide area that included embassies and the NATO Resolute Support headquarters. Amid scattered body parts, some badly wounded men and women and their faces dripping with blood, desperately sought help.

Windows in the Indian Embassy were shattered. “By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive Kabul blast,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted this morning.

Afghan police said it was a car explosion and many people are feared dead. 

A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter confirmed the blast saying: “Massive explosion just shattered all the windows and glass in our bureau Kabul,” Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Donati tweeted.

“The victims are mostly civilians and a large number of them are from the Roshan mobile company,” police added.

Among the dead was an Afghan journalist from Tolo News, media outlets reported. At least two journalists — one each from the BBC and 1TV — were wounded.

 

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An Interior Ministry official told Tolo that the killer vehicle was a water tanker which was packed with explosives.

No group has claimed responsibility for the horror.

Last month the Taliban announced the start of a major spring offensive, saying their main target would be foreign forces.

The US has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan. Another 5,000 are from Nato allies.

On May 27, at least 18 persons were killed when a suicide car bombing struck a crowded area in Afghanistan’s Khost city. Ten security guards and eight civilians were among the dead in the attack.

The attack came as Afghans mark the first day of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, during which the faithful fast from dawn to dusk.

First Published | 31 May 2017 10:28 AM
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