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Image: Two injured men leave a hospital after receiving first aid treatment, a few blocks away from where a truck bomb exploded in central Kabul, Afghanistan.

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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.

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Image: Damaged cars are seen after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

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.

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Afghan security forces at the site of the attack in Kabul's diplomatic quarter.

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Image: Injured Afghans run from the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

Injured Afghans run from the site of the blast.

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Image: A wounded man lies on the ground at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

A wounded man lies on the ground at the site of the blast.

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Image: Injured Afghans run from the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

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.

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Image: An Afghan man reacts at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

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.

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Image: At least 50 casualties in suicide bomb attack in Kabul

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.

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Image: A wounded man lies on the ground at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

A wounded man lies on the ground at the site of the blast.

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Image: Afghan officials inspect outside the German embassy after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan officials inspect the scene outside the damaged German Embassy.

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Image: Relatives of Afghan victims mourn outside a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

Relatives of victims of the blast mourn outside a hospital in Kabul.

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Image: Two injured men leave a hospital after receiving first aid treatment, a few blocks away from where a truck bomb exploded in central Kabul, Afghanistan.

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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Image: At least 15 killed and over 300 injured in suicide bomb attack in Kabul

A damaged vehicle is removed from the scene of the attack.

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Image: A woman sits outside a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

A woman sits outside a hospital after the blast.

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Image: Relatives of victims listen to hospital officials after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan

Relatives of victims listen to hospital officials after the blast.

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Workers sweep the road in front of the German Embassy.

Related: Explosion Near German Embassy Kills Dozens

 

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