Suicide attack in kabul: explosion in diplomatic quarter

The Muslim fasting month of Ramadan gets off to a bloody start in Afghanistan. A car bomb in the capital Kabul kills many people.

An injured man after the attack in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital Kabul Photo: dpa

At least 80 people have been killed in the explosion of a car bomb in the embassy district in Kabul, according to the Interior Ministry, writes the AP news agency. More than 300 other people were injured, police said Wednesday. At least 67 injured people were hospitalized, officials said, according to the German Press Agency.

The blast occurred early Wednesday morning not far from the presidential palace and several foreign embassies. According to the Interior Ministry, it was a suicide attack.

Staff of the German embassy were also injured. An Afghan security guard protecting the compound was killed, according to Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD) in Berlin.

Images on social media showed a meter-high cloud of dust rising over the city. It was not initially clear who the attack was aimed at. The explosion was so massive that at least 30 vehicles were destroyed or damaged. Window panes in buildings shattered within a radius of up to one kilometer.

Just last Saturday, a suicide bomber had killed 18 people in eastern Afghanistan. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in Kabul said the target of that attack had been a group of security officials supporting U.S. troops. However, the majority of the fatalities and injured were civilians, he said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement to the media.

Both serious attacks occurred during the first week of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.