Germany: Some embassy staff hurt in Kabul attack

Jane Richards
June 3, 2017

At least 90 people were killed and 400 wounded when the bomb ripped through a secure area of Kabul at the height of the Wednesday morning rush hour, Afghan officials said. "We don't know at this moment what was the target of the attack, but most of the casualties are civilians", said Danish.

The US has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.

Bloodied corpses littered the scene and a huge cloud of smoke rose from the highly-fortified area which houses foreign embassies, after the explosion tore a massive crater in the ground and blew out windows several miles away.

Afghanistan's intelligence service, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), has said early findings showed the Haqqani network, with the assistance of the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan's intelligence agency, carried out the attack on Wednesday in Kabul that killed at least 90 people.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned "this inhuman and cowardly attack ..."

The Head of State noted that Kazakhstan is always ready to continue cooperation with Afghanistan in fight against modern threats for the sake of peace and security of the two countries.

He said the bomb had gone off "in the immediate vicinity" of the German embassy.

Most of the wounded were taken to the city's three major hospitals, the emergency wards of which remain packed with those caught up in the massive blast.

The Taliban has denied any role in the attack.

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The Afghan interior ministry says 64 people were killed and as many as 320 were wounded in the massive auto bombing in Kabul earlier in the day. One other Afghan guard was reported missing.

The U.S Embassy and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission in Kabul are also near, about a kilometer away from the site. Four BBC journalists were injured.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that along with an Afghan guard who was killed, a German diplomat was slightly wounded and an Afghan staffer had severe injuries.

"This is the second day that we are searching for my nephew Habibiullah and have been to all Kabul hospitals, still couldn't find him", he said.

"Today we're united in shock and sadness across all borders", she added.

Germany has had troops in Afghanistan for 15 years, primarily in the north in and around Mazar-e-Sharif.

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.

Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez reported this story in Kabul and AP writer Kathy Gannon reported from Islamabad.

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