Turkish embassy in Kabul damaged during bomb attack

Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said initial findings showed it had been a truck bomb.

The explosion took place at the peak of Kabul's rush hour, when roads are packed with commuters. Germany's foreign ministry indicated in a tweet that its embassy was damaged in the blast and that several German citizens were injured.

Masood Toarozai, who runs a tailoring store about 200 yards from blast site, said: "I had just opened the shop and was settling down with three of my employees when there was a bang".

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.

Unsworth says the attack is "a devastating loss to the BBC and to Mohammed Nazir's friends and family". German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said a security guard at the embassy was killed and some staff were wounded. The ministry did not have details on the possible target of the attack. The Islamic State claimed responsibility, Afghan broadcaster 1 TV reported. The area is also host to schools, mosques, the Afghan Presidential Palace, and various Afghan government compounds.

The commander of US 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.

The party said: "We strongly condemn the terrorist attack in #Kabul". Several other embassies nearby were also damaged, including the Iranian, Indian, and Chinese embassies.

"We learned with deep sorrow that many were killed and wounded in a terrorist attack in Kabul today", read a written statement issued by the Turkish Foreign Ministry.

It further said that threat of kidnapping is high and the potential also exists for protests to occur in Afghan cities at short notice.

The neighbourhood is considered Kabul's safest area, with foreign embassies protected by dozens of 10ft blast walls and government offices, guarded by police and national security forces.

October — Taliban take control of Kunduz City in northern Afghanistan holding it for four days before being driven out. They're now one of the biggest contributors to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission with around 980 soldiers on the ground to support and train Afghan security forces.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump is due to decide soon on a recommendation to send 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to bolster the small North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training force and U.S. counter-terrorism mission now totalling just over 10,000.

  • Carolyn Briggs