Kabul: In an incident that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called “a crime against humanity,” earlier this morning, local time, a septic tanker truck filled with explosives detonated not far from the German Embassy in Kabul‘s area, during the city’s morning commute. According to the country’s health ministry, at least 83 bodies have been found and over 450 have been wounded in the truck bomb attack. Ismail Kawasi, public health ministry’s spokesperson said most of the victims were civilians, including children.
|It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is|
|—Police Spokesperson Basir Mujahid|
“The attack demonstrates a complete disregard for civilians and reveals the barbaric nature of the enemy faced by the Afghan people,” Ghani said in an official statement. “The terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people,” he said. General John W Nicholson Jr, commander of American and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) forces in Afghanistan congratulated city security forces for preventing the truck from coming any closer to important government buildings and embassies.
This truck bomb attack was unusual, though not unheard of, because of the sheer volume of the bomb involved. According to Kabul’s police chief, General, “The blast was so huge that it dug a big crater as deep as 4 m” and it damaged buildings as far as 1.2 away.
Though an initial report by Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish claimed the site of the detonation as near one of the gates to the NBC said. Germany currently has more than 950 soldiers in Afghanistan as part of NATO‘s and helped the Afghan security personnel in their training. “It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is,” said police spokesperson Basir Mujahid., it was actually closer to the German embassy, which sustained considerable damage,
The Taliban has denied any association with this truck bomb attack. Western countries, including the US, Germany and Britain, have been but many of these countries . Since then, the Taliban has come to control about 40% of Afghanistan, according to the estimates by the US.
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