Afghan intelligence agency blames Haqqani network for deadly attack

At least 80 people were killed and over 300 injured, many critically, when a truck packed with explosives blew up during morning rush hour in the Afghan capital's diplomatic zone May 31, authorities said.

He said most of the wounded were civilians, including women and children.

"Our Canadian embassy sustained significant damage to its first floor and there was minimal impact on the rest of the building", Freeland said.

"After the deadly attack and in light of the findings of the security services and strong reaction by the Afghan nation, we cancelled all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreements with the Pakistan Cricket Board", ACB Media Director Aziz Gharwal told EFE.

The ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), said the attack demonstrates why Trump must articulate a strategy to end the conflicts in Afghanistan. He said the people and the government of Pakistan will continue to support all efforts aimed at ensuring peace in Afghanistan.

But Kabul Police spokesperson Basir Mujahid told Efe News the killer vehicle was a small sewage service truck loaded with explosives that was detonated in an area with heavy traffic.

The government source said Wednesday that nothing had changed regarding the government's fundamental stance on deportations to Afghanistan, but that embassy staff had "more important things to do" than receive failed asylum seekers in the coming days. The Taliban, seeking to reimpose Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster by USA -led forces, denied responsibility and said they condemned attacks that have no legitimate target and killed civilians.

The Taliban has denied responsibility and the Afghan affiliate of ISIS, which has recently conducted several high-profile attacks inside Kabul, has not commented on the blast.

She says the four journalists have been treated at a hospital, and their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Japan's Foreign Ministry said the blast broke windows at its embassy and that two of its employees were slightly injured. Islamic State militants have staged several attacks in Afghanistan in recent months, though none as large as this. Not for the more than 400 people who have been maimed or otherwise injured.

The Taliban says it was not involved.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemned the attack, which came just days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Mr Wahidullah Majrooh, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, said that 90 bodies and 350 wounded people had been brought to hospitals. He said thoughts were with the relatives of the victims. A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul on Wednesday morning, causing a big number of casualties and sending a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital.

  • Zachary Reyes