Bomb blast in Kabul; Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens

Bomb blast in Kabul; Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens

Bomb blast in Kabul; Diplomatic zone attack kills dozens

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.

The area is near the presidential palace and known for having tight security.

The BBC said among the dead were an Afghan driver employed by the broadcaster while four of its journalists were injured.

"The explosion was so loud that it shattered all my windows", Kabul resident Fatima Faizi told Al Jazeera.

"The blast was so huge that it dug a big crater as deep as four meters", he said.

A towering plume of smoke rose over the Afghan capital as emergency vehicles sped toward it. Soldiers in fatigues stood with guns drawn - the sounds of screams, blaring sirens and traffic piercing the morning sky.

Sources said the suicide attack took place near Zanbaq square, in Kabul's 10th district, close to shops and restaurants, as well as government offices and foreign embassies.

The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran was also damaged in the explosion.

The U.S Embassy and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Kabul are also near, about a kilometer (half mile) away from the site.

So there are terror attacks in different parts of the country. However, Taliban has denied its involvement, according to the Islamist group spokesperson.

A statement from the Ministry of Interior Affairs says it "condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack" that killed so many, including women and children.

The UAE ministry expressed its "full solidarity" with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its support of the Afghan government "in the face of terrorism which is targeting the lives of innocent people".

"We want peace but those who kill us in the holy month of Ramadan aren't worth a call for peace". CNN reports that the blast occurred in the vicinity of Kabul's French and German embassies, but it is not clear at this stage what the motive was behind the attack.

Gabriel sais all embassy workers are now safe and offered his condolences to the family of the slain guard.

Tolo News reported that the blast was close to the Embassies of Germany and Iran and added that the explosion happened o 14th Street of the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic area of the city.

Germany has had troops in Afghanistan for 15 years, primarily concentrated in the north in and around Mazar-e-Sharif. More than 50 vehicles were destroyed. "It's especially contemptible that these people were the target", Gabriel said.

Nabib Ahmad, who was near the blast site, said that "I couldn't think clearly, there was a mess everywhere".

"They are still bringing bodies and wounded people to hospitals", he told AFP, adding there were at least 320 people injured.

Afghan troops are backed by U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, and the Pentagon has reportedly asked the White House to send thousands of more troops to the country to break the deadlock in the fight against the Taliban.

US and Afghan forces have been battling the Taliban insurgency for more than 15 years.

US President Donald Trump is due to decide soon on a recommendation to send 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to bolster the small North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training force and US counter-terrorism mission now totalling just over 10,000.

The attack underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan, where a military beset by soaring casualties and desertions is struggling to beat back the insurgents.

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