Afghanistan (Mckoy’s News) – Afghanistan Bomb Blast Kills 90 People: At least 90 people killed in Afghanistan bomb blast 12:25 pm, Wed May 31, 2017
President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan has condemned a massive bomb attack in the capital Kabul, which killed at least 90 people, as “cowardly”.
A suicide attacker detonated a bomb hidden inside a tanker truck close to the heavily protected diplomatic area during the morning rush hour.
Approximately 400 people were injured by the blast, which left a deep crater.
No group has said it carried out the attack but Taliban militants denied being involved.
Recent bomb attacks in Kabul have been claimed either by the Taliban or so-called Islamic State (IS).
Most of the casualties were Afghans but foreign nationals were also injured, including 11 US citizens. The bomb exploded close to the German embassy, where a number of staff were injured.
The bomb went off at about 08:20 local time (03:50 GMT) near Zanbaq Square, outside the Green Zone, Capt William Salvin, spokesman for Nato’s Resolute Support Mission.
Reports vary as to the kind of vehicle used to deliver the bomb – either a water or sewage tanker.
One Western diplomatic source told AFP news agency the blast had been caused by more than 1,500kg (3,307lb) of explosives.
The area is home to key buildings including embassies and the presidential palace.
More than 50 other vehicles were destroyed.
Many of the casualties appear to have been Afghan civilians on their way to work or school and office workers in nearby buildings.
Contributed by Dr. Colin O Jarrett