Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 80, wounds scores

China today strongly condemned the suicide vehicle bombing in Kabul that left 90 people dead and has voiced support for Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism. The suicide truck bomb hit a highly secure diplomatic area. He also suggested that the German embassy might not have been the target of the blast, which sent towering clouds of black smoke into the sky near the presidential palace. German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said a security guard at the embassy was killed and some staff were wounded.

The BBC's Afghan driver Mohammed Nazir, who spent four years with the broadcaster and had a young family, was among the casualties.

Dimroth says the decision to postpone deportations was not due to a reassessment of the danger, but rather because the embassy in Kabul is not in a position to deal with the return of the deportees after being damaged in the attack.

Afghan residents stand near a damaged building near the site of a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017.

Some 90 people were killed and 380 others were wounded, according to the Health Ministry.

Pakistan also issued a statement, saying it "strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Kabul this morning that has caused loss of precious human lives and injuries to many".


The powerful explosion rocked the neighbourhood, which is considered the city's safest, during the peak of morning rush hour. ISIS claimed responsibility for that attack. The ministry did not have details on the possible target of the attack.

Hameed Hakim, who works for a French non-profit group, was on his way to work in Kabul's Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood when the noise of the blast stopped him in his tracks.

There are about 8,400 USA troops in Afghanistan - a majority of them are involved in training and advising Afghan troops.

March 8- Gunmen wearing white lab coats stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan's capital, killing 50 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

France, India, Turkey, Japan, the United Arab Emirates and Bulgaria similarly reported damage to their embassies, including shattered windows, as the blast drew an avalanche of global condemnation.


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