Many Feared Dead After Massive Bombing In Kabul's Embassy

A massive explosion that took place on Wednesday morning outside the German embassy in Afghanistan's city of Kabul has killed at least 80, and injured as many as 350.

Update 8.30am: Sixty four people were killed and as many as 320 wounded in a massive auto bombing in Kabul, the Afghan interior ministry said.

Some 80 people were killed and almost 300 others wounded when a suicide bomb exploded Wednesday in Afghanistan.

Emergency, an Italian medical NGO that works in Kabul, said early Wednesday morning that their emergency room was full.

The ministry said a suicide bomber had detonated an explosives-packed vehicle in Zanbaq Square around 8.30am. The blast appeared to have gone off close to a busy intersection in the Wazir Akbar Khan district - a highly secure area of the capital that is home to many embassies, diplomatic missions, the Presidential Palace and the Foreign Ministry.

Germany's Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel condemned the attack, and confirmed that an Afghan security officer who was protecting the embassy was killed in the blast.

These US forces are separate from the 4,600-strong North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission named "Resolute Support", which is dedicated to training and advising the Afghan army and police.

The explosion also blew in windows at the Japanese embassy, leaving two staffers with mild injuries, a foreign ministry official in Tokyo said.

No armed group has yet claimed responsibility.

Wednesday's explosion was so heavy that more than 50 vehicles were either destroyed or damaged around the site of the attack.

A public health spokesman said at least 67 wounded people had been taken to hospitals around Kabul.

"We strongly condemn this heinous terrorist attack, wish Allah's mercy upon those who lost their lives and a speedy recovery to the wounded, as well as convey our condolences to the brotherly government and people of Afghanistan".

The MEA further said that India is ready to render any assistance to the Government and the people of Afghanistan and all possible support to bring perpetrators of the attack to justice.

The scale of the attack prompted hospitals in the capital to ask for blood donations to help treat the wounded.

Neighbouring Pakistan condemned the attack in a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

The Indian envoy in Kabul, Manpreet Vohra, said the bomb went off around 100 metres from the embassy.

Gabriel says "our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims". Kabul province had the highest number of casualties in the first three months of 2017 thanks to multiple attacks in the city, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.

The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, General John Nicholson, told a congressional hearing this year that he needed several thousand more troops to help Afghan forces break a "stalemate" with the Taliban.

There are about 8,400 United States troops in Afghanistan - a majority of them are involved in training and advising Afghan troops.

  • Zachary Reyes