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Wednesday, 31 May 2017

At least 80 are dead and 350 injured in massive suicide car bomb attack near British, US, French and German embassies in Kabul

At least 80 are feared dead and hundreds more have been injured in a massive explosion near the British embassy in Kabul
At least 80 people -including a BBC driver - are dead and 350 more are injured after a massive bomb concealed in a water tanker ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter this morning.
Bodies littered the street and a towering plume of smoke could be seen over the Afghan capital after the truck attack blew out the windows in a number of foreign missions and residences nearby.

Afghan authorities said most of the casualties this morning were civilians and 'many women and children' were among the victims.
This morning, it emerged that BBC Afghan driver Mohammed Nazir had been killed in the explosion and that four BBC journalists have been wounded. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
Employees at the German consulate have also been wounded and an Afghan security guard stationed outside the building was killed in the suicide bomb, which was also close to the British, French and US embassies. 
The Afghan Taliban this morning denied responsibility for the attack, which comes just days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. No group immediately claimed to have carried out the atrocity, but both the Taliban and ISIS have staged large-scale attacks in Kabul in the past. 


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