Why can't the Afghan government protect Kabul?

Germany, Japan and Pakistan said some of their embassy employees and staff were injured.

Security forces stand next to a crater created by massive explosion in front of the German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Germany has temporarily suspended the group deportations of rejected Afghan asylum seekers following the Kabul truck bomb attack, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, said the Kabul explosion had "nothing to do with the Mujahedeen of Islamic Emirate", as the Taliban call themselves.

Wednesday's blast was the latest in a string of attacks in Kabul. "These heinous acts go against the values of humanity as well values of peaceful Afghans", it added. A statement from his office quoted Ghani as saying that "the terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people". Bulgaria said its mission had been damaged and its staff evacuated. Gabriel offered his condolences to the guard's family.

The former Interior Ministry official repeated a common belief among Afghan government officials that the Pakistani intelligence services have played a role in the string of terrorist attacks plaguing Kabul.

China's foreign ministry said its embassy was partly damaged but that no staffers or Chinese citizens were injured. 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. Some 200 students staged a sit-in at a vocational school in Nuremberg on Wednesday and clashed with police who came to detain for deportation a 20-year-old Afghan student who had been in the country for over four years.

"I couldn't think clearly, there was a mess everywhere", he said.

Kawasi, the health official, said the wounded were admitted to different Kabul hospitals.

The city's acting mayor says the massive truck bombing in Kabul caused property damage as far as 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away from the blast site.

He said Pakistan believes in politically negotiated settlement of Afghan issue as there is no military solution to the conflict.

Afghanistan's intelligence agency blamed the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network for the attack.

The commander of USA 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. Since most global troops withdrew at the end of 2014, the Taliban have gained ground and now control or contest about 40 percent of the country, according to USA estimates, though Ghani's government holds all provincial centres. The Islamic State group is a more recent development, forming in the last few years and largely made up of dissident former Taliban militants.

  • Leroy Wright