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Germany: Some embassy staff hurt in Kabul attack

Germany: Some embassy staff hurt in Kabul attack

"Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured". "We wish those injured a quick recovery".

He also vowed that the attack would not shake Germany's determination to "support the Afghan regime with the stabilisation of their country".

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attack, which came just days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Top officials issue condemnations after massive bombing in Afghan capital claims at least 80 lives and wounds hundreds.

"We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Kabul".

The statement from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said "the blast has caused damage to the residences of some Pakistani diplomats and staff, living in the close vicinity, and inflicted minor injuries to some".

The former Interior Ministry official repeated a common belief among Afghan government officials that the Pakistani intelligence services have played a role in the string of extremist attacks plaguing Kabul. The vast majority of such devastating attacks recently have been undertaken by either the Taliban or the local affiliate of Islamic State group.

The bomber drove into Kabul's heavily guarded diplomatic quarter during the morning rush hour, leaving behind a bloody scene of chaos and destruction in one of the worst attacks since the drawdown of foreign forces from Afghanistan in 2014.




The blast gouged a crater about 15 feet deep near Zanbaq Square in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, where foreign embassies are protected by a battery of their own security personnel as well as Afghan police and National Security Forces.

Ismail Kawasi says it was not immediately known what the target of the attack was on Wednesday morning.

The explosives were hidden in a tanker truck used to clean out septic systems, according to Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior minister.

There was no claim of responsibility.

Manpreet Vohra, India's envoy to Afghanistan, told the Times Now television channel the bomb went off around 100 metres from India's embassy, one of several in the area.

"Unfortunately the toll has reached 80 martyred (killed) and over 300 wounded, including many women and children", said health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh, adding the figures would continue to climb as more bodies are pulled from the debris.

The intensity of the blast was such that windows were shattered in shops, restaurants and other buildings up to a half mile from the blast site.


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