Scores Dead, Hundreds Injured In Kabul Car Bombing

01 June, 2017, 01:04 | Author: Alicia Barber

The explosion destroyed or damaged more than 50 vehicles, the Ministry of Interior Affairs said.

Emergency workers were still pulling bodies from under the rubble and a number of buildings had collapsed.

A towering plume of smoke rose from the area, which eyewitnesses said, was littered with strewn bodies and dozens of cars choking the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls running for cover. The target of the bombing wasn't immediately clear. But the attack underscores spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan, where a military beset by soaring casualties and desertions is struggling to beat back the insurgents. IS has been battling the Taliban for control of certain parts of Afghanistan while also regularly targeting the government.

He said the station's creative director, Sohail Sediqi - who Hashimy said was known in the office for his fear of such attacks - had gone down to the blast site to try to get footage on air right after the bomb went off, despite an injury to his forehead.

September 14, 2015- More than 350 inmates escape after an attack by Taliban insurgents on the main prison in eastern Ghazni province.

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Nine Afghan guards at the U.S. Embassy were killed and 11 American contractors were wounded, with one Afghan guard missing, according to a U.S. State Department official, who was not authorized to talk publicly on the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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.

U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d'Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens condemned the attack in a statement and said America's "commitment is unwavering; we stand with the Afghan people and the Government of National Unity..."

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The BBC says a driver for the broadcaster was killed and four of its journalists were injured in the massive vehicle bombing in Kabul. Manpreet Vohra, India's envoy to Afghanistan, told media the bomb went off around 100 meters from India's embassy.

Residents described a mushroom cloud over Kabul and windows were shattered in shops, restaurants and other buildings up to a kilometre (half mile) from the blast site. Four BBC journalists were wounded but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

France also reported damage to its own embassy and the German one.

Following are the most deadly attacks in Kabul over the past year. "We don't know at this moment what was the target of the attack, but most of the casualties are civilians", said Danish.

Mujahid also added that the group strongly condemns today's attack in the city.

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

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has warned of "another tough year" for both foreign troops and local forces in Afghanistan.

The White House is now considering a Pentagon proposal to deploy 3,000 USA troops to advise and assist the local military.

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