Bomb Blast Kills 80, Hundreds Wounded In Kabul


A massive truck bomb blast has ripped through the heart of Kabul’s diplomatic district, killing at least 80 people and wounding hundreds, in a powerful explosion described by officials as “one of the biggest” to have hit the Afghan capital.

A tanker truck believed to be carrying either water or human waste exploded on Wednesday near Zanbaq square, in Kabul’s 10th district, close to shops and restaurants, as well as government offices and foreign embassies.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, told Al Jazeera that the group was not involved in the attack.

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Police and health officials confirmed to that at least 80 people were killed and more than 300 wounded in the attack.

Aziz Nawin, an IT engineer with the Afghan TOLOnews outlet, was one of the first victims to be named.

Mohammed Nazi, a driver with the BBC, was also killed, while four journalists from the British public broadcaster were being treated in hospital.

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“[Nazir] was driving journalist colleagues to the office,” the BBC said in a statement posted to Twitter. “He was in his late thirties and leaves a young family.”

An Afghan security guard at the German embassy also died in the attack.

The victims appear mainly to have been Afghan civilians and there were no immediate reports of casualties among foreign embassy staff.

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“The area is heavily guarded and there is usually traffic jam, just because of security-controlled points in the area,” Mushtaq Rahim, an independent analyst and security commentator, told Al Jazeera.

“And that was one of the main reasons that we had so many civilian casualties. because of the congestion that happens in that area.”

Sources: Al Jazeera

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