Kabul Blast Updates
KABUL: A powerful blast in the most secured and protected area of Afghan capital- the Diplomatic Enclave has killed about 90 people and injured over 300.
A spokesman for Kabul police said that a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there.
The explosion took place at the peak of Kabul’s rush hour. The affected area is home to many embassies, diplomatic missions, the Presidential Palace and the Foreign Ministry.
According to the details, at least 90 people were killed and over 300 wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital, a public health official said.
Bodies littered the scene and a towering plume of smoke rose from the area, which houses foreign embassies, after the blast blew out the windows in several missions and residences hundreds of metres away.
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.
It was not immediately clear what the target was. But the attack underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan, where a military beset by soaring casualties and desertions is struggling to beat back the insurgents. Over a third of the country is outside government control.
More than an hour after the explosion, ambulances were still taking the wounded to hospital as firefighters struggled to control blazes in several buildings. Health ministry spokesperson Waheed Majroh said at least 49 people had been killed and 320 wounded, with the figures confirmed by a second health official and the government media office.
Authorities warned the toll could yet rise. “They are still bringing bodies and wounded people to hospitals,” senior health ministry spokesperson Ismael Kawoosi told AFP. The interior ministry was calling on Kabul residents to donate blood, saying hospitals were in “dire need”.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack came as the resurgent Taliban step up their annual “spring offensive”.
Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesperson, said initial findings showed it had been a truck bomb.
The blast also inflicted minor injuries to the staffers of Pakistani embassy situated in Kabul and damaged the residences of country’s diplomats posted in Afghanistan, Foreign Office said following the attack.