Explosion hits near diplomatic area in Afghanistan


Afghanistan's private TOLO Television also reported a staffer killed; Germany said an Afghan security guard outside its embassy was among those killed.

He also received telephone calls from the U.S. President Donald Trump and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel after the bombing. He said the people and the government of Pakistan will continue to support all efforts aimed at ensuring peace in Afghanistan. "We wish those injured a quick recovery", the foreign minister said. "I was lucky because I was in the shower at the time".

Unsworth says the attack is "a devastating loss to the BBC and to Mohammed Nazir's friends and family. He was in his late thirties and he leaves a young family", it said.

Officials said, however, that most of the casualties were civilians.

Leaders from around the world offered messages of condolences in the wake of Wednesday's attack. She told reporters that the Chinese government will be assessing the situation and considering additional safety measures.

He said transporting his brother's body home was the hardest thing he's ever done.

The White House issued a scathing statement condemning the "atrocious" attack.

A government source said the charter flight was scrapped because diplomatic and consular staff, "so shortly after the attack, have more important things to do than to deal with organizational matters".

The Haqqani network are a particularly brutal insurgency group which closely cooperates with the Taliban. ANI reported that although the target of the attack was still unknown, Islamial Kawasi, the Public Health Ministry spokesperson told the media that most of the casualties have been civilians, inlcluding womena and children.

There has been no claim of responsibility in Wednesday's attack, but it highlights the deteriorating security situation across Afghanistan. Several houses were also damaged, Danish said.

Security forces stand next to a crater created by massive explosion in front of the German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

Dozens were in critical condition.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. "We wish those injured a quick recovery".

No word was heard from the extremist Islamic State group, which has previously staged major attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and was behind other high-profile attacks in Kabul this year, including one on a military hospital in March that killed more than 50 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for what the authorities say was a suicide auto bombing that struck a highly secure diplomatic area of the Afghan capital.

When asked what he wants Americans to know about Kabul, Stanikzai said that "people are getting hurt". The ministry did not have details on the possible target of the attack.

Sources said a truck used to empty sewerage tanks had been loaded with 1,500 kgs of explosives.

No group has so far claimed the attack, launched from a sewage tanker packed with explosives.

"I want to acknowledge the atrocious attack that took place near the diplomatic zone in Kabul".

The vehicle bomb tore through Kabul Wednesday after it was detonated near a busy interaction in the city's Wazir Akbar Khan district, officials said.

It hit about 400 yards from the German Embassy, and was in a water delivery truck, according to journalist Jennifer Glasse.