80 killed, 350 wounded in Kabul blast

At least 80 people were killed and 350 wounded in Kabul on Wednesday when a powerful vehicle-borne bomb exploded in the middle of the Afghan capital, a public health official said.
A powerful car bomb exploded in the center of Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies, officials said
Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for Kabul police, said several people were killed and wounded in the blast near the fortified entrance to the German embassy.
“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,” Mujahid said.
The explosion shattered windows and blew doors off their hinges in houses hundreds of meters (yards) away.
A public health spokesman said at least 67 wounded people had been taken to hospitals around Kabul.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. A spokesman for Taliban insurgents said he was gathering information.

ATTENTION EDITORS – VISUAL COVERAGE OF SCENES OF INJURY OR DEATH A woman sits outside a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017.REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail