Rush-hour bombing near embassies kills 80, wounds hundreds in Kabul

Laverne Mann
June 1, 2017

The bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter killed an Afghan guard at the German embassy and wounded two embassy staff, one of them German, the other one Afghan.

Health ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh gave the toll, which was confirmed by a second health official and the government media office, as the interior ministry urged Kabul residents to donate blood.

May 26- Taliban fighters attacked an army camp in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 15 soldiers.

While neither the Taliban nor the Islamic State own up responsibility for the carnage, the attack came as a resurgent Taliban started stepping up their annual "spring offensive".

Afghan insurgents have stepped up their attacks since the drawdown of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops from Afghanistan in 2014, devastating the capital of Kabul with increasingly deadly and brutal assaults and leaving Afghans feeling embattled and exhausted following 16 years of war.

An Afghan security officer who had been protecting the German Embassy died in the attack, and while members of the embassy's staff were injured, "All are now safe", says German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

May 31 - A powerful suicide bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul kills 90 people.

It "targets all of us - whether in Manchester or Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, St. Petersburg or today in Kabul", she said in the southern German city of Nuremberg.

A dog is seen running at the site of a vehicle bomb attack in Kabul yesterday.

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Masood Toarozai, who runs a tailoring store about 200 yards from blast site, said: "I had just opened the shop and was settling down with three of my employees when there was a bang".

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

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack; the Taliban have reportedly condemned it.

The council strongly condemned the attack, saying that "carrying out such attacks in the holy month of Ramadan is completely against humanity".

The NATO statement praised "the courage of Afghan Security Forces, especially the police and first responders". The U.S. Embassy is not located there but in another part of the city, about a kilometer (half mile) away.

Today's bombing in a crowded area of central Kabul was yet another reminder of how deadly the war has become for ordinary Afghan civilians.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the attack, saying, "the terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people". "What will I tell his children?" a sobbing man said into a cellphone as he knelt beside a bag containing the remains of his brother, a security guard.

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 more soldiers to break the deadlock in the battle against the Taleban.

U.S. troops have been in Afghanistan for almost 16 years, where the government and coalition allies are battling several terror groups, including the Taliban and ISIS.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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