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Truck Bomb Shakes Kabul’s Diplomatic Quarter

A powerful bomb in a sewage truck rocked Afghanistan's capital as the streets were packed with commuters.

Smoke and debris fills the streets in front of the German Embassy in Kabul after a rush-hour suicide bomb hidden in a sewage truck killed least 80 people and wounded more than 300 others early on May 31.

Omar Sabhani / Reuters
Afghan security forces at the site of the attack in Kabul's diplomatic quarter. Shah Marai / AFP - Getty Images
Injured Afghans run from the site of the blast. Omar Sobhani / Reuters
A wounded man lies on the ground at the site of the blast. Omar Sobhani / Reuters
The neighborhood is considered Kabul's safest area, with foreign embassies protected by dozens of 10-foot-high blast walls and government offices, guarded by police and national security forces. Omar Sobhani / Reuters
It was one of the worst attacks Kabul had seen since the drawdown of foreign forces from the country at the end of 2014. The explosion also raised serious questions about the Afghan government's ability to secure the war-battered nation. Omar Sabhani / Reuters
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. Both the Taliban and ISIS have staged large-scale attacks in Kabul in the past but the Taliban issued a statement denying any involvement. Jawad Jalali / EPA
A wounded man lies on the ground at the site of the blast. Omar Sobhani / Reuters
Afghan officials inspect the scene outside the damaged German Embassy. Mohammad Ismail / Reuters
Relatives of victims of the blast mourn outside a hospital in Kabul. Omar Sobhani / Reuters

Two injured men leave a hospital after receiving first aid treatment, a few blocks away from where a truck bomb exploded.

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A damaged vehicle is removed from the scene of the attack. Hedayatullah Amid / EPA
A woman sits outside a hospital after the blast. Mohammad Ismail / Reuters
Relatives of victims listen to hospital officials after the blast. Mohammad Ismail / Reuters

Workers sweep the road in front of the German Embassy.

Related: Explosion Near German Embassy Kills Dozens

 

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