Afghanistan sees ISI hand in Kabul blast

Marsha Scott
June 6, 2017

M - President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev extended condolences to his Afghan counterpart President Ashraf Ghani over the suicide vehicle bomb attack in Kabul's diplomatic quarter that killed 90 and injured 461.

Houses and shops hundreds of meters away from the blast site were damaged, with windows shattered and doors blown off their hinges. The Taliban, seeking to reimpose Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster by USA -led forces, denied responsibility and said they condemned attacks that have no legitimate target and killed civilians.

The Kabul blast on early Wednesday morning claimed more than 80 lives and injured hundreds.

Germany, Europe's most populous nation, has taken in over one million asylum seekers since 2015, the peak of the mass influx of mostly Middle Eastern refugees and migrants to the continent.

The explosives were hidden in a tanker truck used to clean out septic systems, Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior minister, said.

The 15-member council also reaffirmed on May 31 that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to worldwide peace and security, a statement said.

Reporting from the city Thursday, CNN's Muhammad Lila said people were angry that so much money was spent by so many countries to safeguard Afghanistan's security and the attack still couldn't be stopped.

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11 Americans were among the 400 people injured in the massive explosion that rocked a highly secure diplomatic area in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 90 people. ANI reported that although the target of the attack was still unknown, Islamial Kawasi, the Public Health Ministry spokesperson told the media that most of the casualties have been civilians, inlcluding womena and children.

In scale, it was one of the worst such attacks since the US-led campaign to oust the Taliban in 2001 but in kind, it was only the latest in a grim series that has killed thousands of civilians over the years.

Several foreign embassies were in the vicinity of the attack, which occurred in an area filled with diplomats.

An unspecified number of German, Japanese, Chinese and Pakistani Embassy staff suffered minor injuries as windowpanes splintered.

The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace.

There tends to be an increase in Islamic terrorist attacks during Ramadan. The Chinese, Turkish and Iranian embassies are also located there. Kabul province had the highest number of casualties in the first three months of 2017 as a result of multiple attacks in the city, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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