Deadly bombing near German Embassy in Kabul kills 80, injures hundreds

The BBC said Mohammed Nazir, one of its drivers, died following the attack. "What will I tell his children?" a sobbing man said into a cellphone as he knelt beside a bag containing the remains of his brother, a security guard.

August 7, 2015 - A series of attacks kill at least 44 people and wound over 300 in one day in Kabul.

The UAE's ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has condemned the terrorist explosion in Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, which left at least 80 people dead. The Indonesian, Emirati, Turkish, French, British, Pakistani, Canadian, and American embassies are also located near Wazir Akbar Khan road and Zanbaq square, where the blast occurred. Sept 5 A twin suicide bombing in a busy area near the Defence Ministry killed 35 people, including several senior security officers, and wounded 103.

The Taleban-currently in the midst of their annual "spring offensive"-tweeted that they were not involved and "strongly condemn" the blast". She told reporters that the Chinese government will be assessing the situation and considering additional safety measures. Since most global troops withdrew at the end of 2014, the Taliban have gained ground and now control or contest about 40 percent of the country, according to USA estimates, though Ghani's government holds all provincial centres. In the past year, they have largely concentrated on thwarting a surge of attacks by the Taliban, who have captured key districts, such as Helmand province, which US and British troops had fought bitterly to return to the government.

The Taliban issued a statement denying any involvement and condemning all attacks against civilians.

It was the latest in a series of deadly attacks, majority claimed by either the Taliban or Islamic State, that have terrorized citizens of the Afghan capital.

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It was one of the worst attacks Kabul has seen since the drawdown of foreign forces at the end of 2014.

Ismail Kawasi, spokesman for the public health ministry, says that the number of the wounded now stands at 350. USA troops in Afghanistan number about 8,400 today, and there are another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, who also mainly serve in an advisory capacity - a far cry from the U.S. presence of more than 100,000 six years ago. Bodies littered the scene and a towering plume of smoke rose from the highly-fortified area, which houses foreign embassies, after the powerful blast in the morning rush hour blew out the windows of missions and residences. Germany, Japan and Pakistan said some of their embassy employees and staff were hurt in the explosion.

"I offer my honest condolences to the families of the bereaved".

According to Reuters, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said that at least one Afghan security guard at the German embassy was killed and members of the diplomatic mission were injured. Photos from Kabul show the windows of the German embassy blown in.

The U.S ambassador Hugo Llorens said: "The terrorists, and those who provide them support in any form, deserve the utter scorn of all civilized people around the world".

"While reiterating condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, we pray for early recovery of the injured".

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He vowed that the attack would not shake Germany's determination to "support the Afghan regime with the stabilization of their country".

Afghan president Ashraf Ghani condemned the terror attack in a statement.

However, Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for city police, said it was not clear that the German Embassy had been the target.

It said the continuing violence even during the holy and pious month of Ramazan reflects the diabolical nature of the perpetrators and its supporters.

The attacks came a few days into the holy month of Ramadan. "It's always Afghans that are harmed and get killed, rather than who the attacker wants to target".

There has been no claim of responsibility in Wednesday's attack, but it highlights the deteriorating security situation across Afghanistan.

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"The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reports that a large explosion has taken place in the city of Kabul near the German Embassy".

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