UAE condemns terrorist attack in Kabul, says all its diplomats safe

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At least, 80 people were killed and 350 others wounded in Wednesday morning's suicide auto bomb explosion in a diplomatic district in the Afghan capital of Kabul, China's Xinhua news agency reported Afghan Public Health Ministry as saying.

"Compared to past years, it seems the situation is getting more worse than 2 years back, getting much worse and many civilian casualties".

This month, another attack targeted a convoy of foreign troops near the US Embassy in Kabul, killing eight people. The bombing also raised serious questions about the Afghan government's ability to secure the war-battered nation.

This photo of the crater caused by the massive blast in #Kabul can give you an idea about the magnitude of #KabulAttack.

"Mohammed Nazir worked as a driver for the BBC Afghan Service for more than four years and was a popular colleague".

India on Wednesday denounced the terror attack in Kabul that claimed 80 lives, saying it "reflects the diabolical nature of the perpetrators and its supporters", and offered all help to the Afghan government.

The blast hit during the morning rush hour in Kabul when everyone was going to work.

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said initial findings showed it had been a truck bomb.

The explosion occurred at a heavily fortified zone, which is considered the safest in Kabul, with 3m (10ft) high blast walls protecting the foreign embassies and government offices.

Many foreign embassies are located in the area, including the American and Canadian missions.

The U.S Embassy and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Kabul, located about a kilometer (half mile) away from the site of the explosion, both condemned the attack. "The government is not very strong and it needs the support of the global communities and if the latter (international communities) genuinely want to help Afghanistan then they must strengthen and provide certain measures and directions for the country", the- South Asia- expert added.

The ISIS group has also claimed responsibility for several recent bombings in the Afghan capital, including a powerful blast targeting an armoured North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy that killed at least eight people and wounded 28 on May 3.

A spokesman for the Taliban denied it was behind the attack.

India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose embassy was among the closest to the blast, said all its staff were accounted for.

Denouncing employment of violence for achieving an objective, Qassemi underlined that terrorist attacks anywhere, by any group, and with any excuse, are "barbaric" and shameful actions that should be strongly condemned.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the "cowardly attack". Gabriel offered his condolences to the guard's family.

The target was unclear, but the bomb went off near the Germany Embassy and the nearby French and Chinese embassies were reportedly damaged, according to Reuters news agency. "Forces supporting terrorism need to be defeated", Modi said. He said more than 30 vehicles were destroyed or damaged. About 2,000 USA servicemembers participate in a counterterrorism mission that targets terror groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS.

Afghan officials said 350 people were also wounded, but the number of casualties is expected to rise.

Mohammad Haroon, who owns a sporting goods store near the site, said all the windows on his shop and others around him were shattered.

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