IS group claims responsibility for terror attack in downtown Kabul

"While Afghan authorities carry out the sad, but all too familiar work of healing the wounded, restoring calm, and repairing the damage, the Trump administration still has no strategy to wind down the conflict in Afghanistan", Engel stated.

The Islamic State group has also claimed responsibility for several recent bombings in the Afghan capital, including a powerful blast targeting an armoured North Atlantic Treaty Organisation convoy that killed at least eight people and wounded 28 on May 3.

Among the dead was an Afghan journalist from Tolo News, media outlets reported. Both have been active in recent terrorist attacks there.

At least 100 were killed and 500 wounded in one of the most brutal terrorist attacks in the history of Afghanistan on early Wednesday. "Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured".

Neighboring Pakistan denounced the "terrorist attack in Kabul" and its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the bombing "caused damage to the residences of some Pakistani diplomats and staff, living in the close vicinity, and inflicted minor injuries to some".

The U.S. embassy did not suffer damage in the attack, it is located less than a mile from the site of the blast.

The NATO statement praised "the courage of Afghan Security Forces, especially the police and first responders".

He vowed that the attack would not shake Germany's determination to "support the Afghan regime with the stabilization of their country".

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement that the group had played no role in the attack.

Though close to the Green Zone, the casualties in the 8:22 a.m. blast appear to be largely Afghan civilians.

The Health Ministry put the number of dead at 80.

A spokesman for the public health ministry said most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children. "Who has carried out this attack and for what objective shall become clear at a later stage however the Islamic Emirate condemns every explosion and attack carried out against civilians, or in which civilians are harmed and has no legitimate target". The terrorist attack in Afghanistan's capital Kabul has claimed the lives of 90 people, and almost 400 were wounded, the country's healthcare ministry said.

Insurgent group has condemned the truck bomb attack saying its militants were not allow to strike where there are "no targets".

July 23: Twin explosions tore through a demonstration by members of Afghanistan's mainly Shi'ite Hazara minority in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding more than 230 in a suicide attack claimed by Islamic State.

It is not yet known who is behind the attack. Germany's foreign minister said embassy staff had been evacuated.

Pajhwok news agency quoted Najib Danish of the Ministry of Interior as saying that it was a suicide auto bombing.

Shortly after the explosion, all roads in Wazir Akbar Khan were blocked off by Afghan security forces and helicopters were deployed over the neighborhood.

  • Salvatore Jensen