A massive truck bomb blast in Afghanistan’s downtown Kabul near the German Embassy on Wednesday morning killed 20 people and wounded over 300….reports Asian Lite News
Authorities have said that all Indian Embassy staff are safe.
The explosion occurred near the NATO Resolute Support headquarter in Kabul.
“Ministry of Health confirms 19 dead and 319 wounded in deadly bombing in Kabul Wednesday,” Tolo News Agency tweeted.
Some news sites were reporting 50 killed, but this could not be confirmed.
Tolo said a “truck bomb was detonated close to the German Embassy in Wazir Akbar Khan area, killing and wounding dozens”.
Earlier, Tolo had quoted the interior ministry as saying that a “water tanker had been laden with explosives that were detonated on Wednesday”.
According to NATO, a massive explosion occurred near the German Embassy at 8.22 a.m. near the NATO Resolute Support headquarter in Kabul.
Foreign troops have arrived at the scene.
Images circulating on social media showed a large plume of black smoke over the city.
The blast occurred during rush hour traffic. It ripped through the diplomatic zone.
There was substantial damage to buildings in the explosion near Zanbaq Square in downtown Kabul.
It said the victims are mostly civilians and a large number of them are from the Roshan mobile company.
All staff in the Indian Embassy are safe but some windows in the building were damaged.
“By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted.