Kabul bombing: 80 killed, hundreds wounded

Reuters has reported that a powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the center of the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings.

The unusually strong blast which shattered windows and blew off doors and parts of houses hundreds of meters away has been adjudged as one of the deadliest in Kabul.

The blast, following at the foot of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, happened close to the fortified entrance to the German embassy, claiming the life of a security guard with other staff members wounded.

The German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel who made the disclosure on his Twitter handle added that such attacks do not change Germany’s resolve in continuing to support the Afghan government in the stabilization of the country.”

Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for the Kabul city police, said that the German Embassy might not have been the primary target since there are several important compounds including the presidential palace within the area.