Kabul blames Pakistan, Haqqani network for bombing

Afghan security forces and residents stand near the crater left by a truck bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017.

Germany was set to send Afghan migrants who were denied asylum back to their homeland on Wednesday, however, the deportation was postponed as the powerful blast rocked Kabul, killing up to 90 people and causing damage to numerous buildings, including the German embassy.

Carried out in a busy street during the morning rush hour, and during the holy month of Ramadan, this horrific and shameful attack demonstrates these terrorists' complete disregard for human life and their nihilistic opposition to the dream of a peaceful future for Afghanistan.

"We pray for a speedy recovery to the American and Afghan members of our mission staff and others who were injured in this attack, and we praise the Afghan Security Forces, police, and medical professionals who were the first responders to the scene", Tillerson said.

The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace.

Most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children, the Afghan government said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, one of the deadliest in recent years. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

In separate statements, the Secretary-General expressed his deepest condolences to the Afghan people and government and stated that those responsible for today´s attack must be brought to justice.

The bomb was reportedly hidden in a sewage tanker.

Abdullah Habibzai said city workers have removed around 200 large truckloads of debris.

Habibzai says the total damage from the bombing based on an initial estimate is 1 billion Afghanis ($1.5 million) but that number could rise.

The bombing happened in an area not far from the German embassy.

Also in the area is Afghanistan's foreign ministry, the Presidential Palace and its intelligence and security headquarters, which are guarded by soldiers trained by the USA and its coalition partners.

"Terrorists have once again proved they were representing no religion and ideology and staged such attacks just to please their Pakistani lords", the NDS said in a statement.

Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and USA forces in the country, applauded the Afghan security forces for preventing the truck full of explosives from entering the Green Zone.

The war in Afghanistan, the longest ever involving United States troops, has shown no sign of letting up.

  • Leroy Wright