Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Kabul Truck Bombing Kills At Least 80, Injures Hundreds

"Our thoughts are with the Afghan people and the victims of this heinous terrorist attack", the prime minister tweeted.

Llorens offered his "deepest condolences to the families of all those killed and hope for the speedy recovery of the injured".

He went on to say the U.S's commitment to Afghanistan is unwavering; "we stand with the Afghan people and the government of national unity as they strive to build a brighter, safer tomorrow for the people of this great nation".

China's foreign ministry said its embassy was partly damaged but that no employees or Chinese citizens were injured.

The bombing raises serious questions about the Afghan government's ability to provide basic security. "Attacks such as these only serve to strengthen our commitment to our Afghan partners as they seek a peaceful, stable future for their country".

Two Japanese embassy staff members were also slightly wounded, according to reports.

Neighboring Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the bomb damaged residences of some of its diplomats and staff and caused some minor injuries.

The exploasion damaged the French and German embassies as well.

India reported "some damage to windows" at the Indian Embassy building, located next to the German, Iranian and British embassies.

The BBC confirmed that a local driver, Mohammed Nazir, was killed in the attack as he drove journalist colleagues to an office.

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Macron, a strong supporter of equality, vowed in a joint press conference with Putin to be "constantly vigilant on these issues". But Mr Macron said he wanted to work with Russian Federation over the conflict in Syria in the struggle against terrorism.

"I saw a steady stream of ambulances that had been carrying wounded begin arriving with bodies, many of which were burned or maimed beyond recognition", he said.

"Canada strongly condemns today's bombing in Kabul". The number of dead and wounded was provided by the Afghan government's media center, citing a statement from the Afghan Ulema Council, the country's top religious body that includes Muslim clerics, scholars and men of authority in religion and law.

In a statement issued here, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid was quoted by the Khamma Press, as saying that the group was not involved in it as they are not allowed to carry out attacks in areas where there are no targets.

The embassy informed that militant groups usually plan attacks against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including Afghan and the U.S. Government facilities, foreign embassies, military installations, commercial entities, non-governmental organization offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, and educational centres.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack came as the resurgent Taliban step up their annual "spring offensive".

The auto bomb appeared to have deton.

He said most of the wounded were civilians, including women and children.

A health ministry spokesman said more than 60 wounded people, mainly civilians, had been rushed to Kabul's hospitals, adding: "We don't know the number of killed yet".

"I offer my honest condolences to the families of the bereaved".

A truck bomb exploded in the embassy and presidential palace quarter in Kabul during the heart of morning rush hour, killing scores and injuring hundreds in one of the most heavily secured areas of the city.

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