Bombing in diplomatic area of Kabul kills 90, wounds scores

"We don't know at this moment what was the target of the attack, but most of the casualties are civilians", he said.

Such terrorist attacks as the one that hit Kabul today are usually claimed by either the Taliban or the ISIS terrorist group. It also took place in an area that is home to many worldwide embassies, including the German Embassy, which reportedly suffered significant damage.

France's foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says the French Embassy in Kabul suffered material damage in the auto bombing.

The BBC says a driver for the broadcaster was killed and four of its journalists were injured in the massive vehicle bombing in Kabul.

But the dead also included Afghan security guards at the facilities, including the U.S. Embassy, while 11 American contractors were wounded - none with life-threatening injuries, a U.S. State Department official said.

The Indian embassy in Kabul was attacked in 2008 by a suicide bomber.

Some 90 people were killed and 380 others were wounded, according to the Health Ministry. "These attacks also demonstrate the extreme level of atrocity by terrorists against innocent civilians".

The powerful explosion rocked the neighbourhood, which is considered the city's safest, during the peak of morning rush hour.

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Officials described the blast as a suicide attack.

Taliban denied responsibility for the attack in a statement, and no group has yet claimed it.

"Today's attack is an act of terrorism and is a serious violation of humanitarian law", he said in a statement. France, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Bulgaria similarly reported damage to their embassies, while India and Pakistan joined in worldwide condemnation of the blast.

Germany's Interior Ministry says deportation of Afghans whose asylum requests have been rejected has been temporarily suspended in the wake of an attack in Kabul that seriously damaged the German Embassy.

May 3, 2017 Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed eight civilians in an attack on a convoy of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation armoured personnel vehicles. All the windows in his shop and others around him were shattered, he added.

The blast occurred at 8:30 local time (03:30 GMT) in Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood near Germany's Embassy.

The commander of United States forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, told a congressional hearing this year that he needed several thousand more troops to help Afghan forces break a "stalemate" with the Taliban.


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