Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 80, wounds scores

At least 60 people were killed in the huge explosion but the death toll was expected to riseEPA

A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people, majority Afghan civilians, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings.

Germany's Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that along with the Afghan guard who was killed, a German diplomat was lightly wounded while an Afghan staffer sustained severe injuries.

Gabriel says "our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims".

Mukherjee extended to Ghani the "heartfelt condolences" of the government and people of India and wishes for a "full and speedy recovery" of those injured in the attack.

He vowed that the attack would not shake Germany's determination to "support the Afghan regime with the stabilization of their country". A spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry said the bomber's target was unknown.

FO spokesperson Nafees Zakria said that damage was caused to the residences of a few Pakistani envoys live in close vicinity of the area.

The attack struck a busy neighborhood in the Afghan capital just before 8:30 a.m., during Kabul's morning commute.

The Taliban, seeking to reimpose Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster by US-led forces, denied responsibility and said they condemned attacks that have no legitimate target and killed civilians.

According to the preliminary data by the state's Interior Ministry the explosive device had been placed in a vehicle used to transport water. Daesh terrorist group claimed responsibility for the explosion.

The explosion took place at the peak of Kabul's rush hour when roads are packed with commuters. Many foreign embassies are located in the area, including the American and Canadian missions.

A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul Wednesday morning, causing casualties and sending a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital.

Who is responsible for Kabul Attack?

The movement of the Taliban, which has been fighting Afghanistan's security forces since its ouster from power by the USA in 2001, has condemned Wednesday's bloody terrorist attack in Kabul's diplomatic quarter.

"A auto bomb" exploded at 8:25 a.m., Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman, told AFP.

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