Mamata Banerjee, Congress condemn Afghanistan attack

Rush-hour bombing near embassies kills 80, wounds hundreds in Kabul

Rush-hour bombing near embassies kills 80, wounds hundreds in Kabul

It was one of the worst attacks Kabul had seen since the drawdown of foreign forces from the country at the end of 2014.

"The bombing in Kabul is a horrific act of violence and a heartbreaking reminder of the toll that Afghan civilians continue to pay in a conflict where armed groups deliberately target them and the government fails to protect them", Amnesty International's Afghanistan researcher Horia Mosadiq said in a statement.

"The attack was aimed at civilians and those who are in Afghanistan to work with the people there for a better future of the country", Gabriel said. Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, said the Kabul explosion had "nothing to do with the Mujahedeen of the Islamic Emirate", as the Taliban call themselves.

The attack, which appeared to be one of the bloodiest of the long Afghan war, shattered windows as far as a mile away, causing panic in much of central Kabul.

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Kawasi said the wounded were admitted to different Kabul hospitals. Militant groups usually plan attacks against locations and individuals with potential American connections, including: Afghan and US government facilities, foreign embassies, military installations, commercial entities, non-governmental organization offices, restaurants, hotels, airports, and educational centers.

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May 27 — 18 people, mostly civilians, were killed when a suicide vehicle bomber targeted a convoy of provincial security forces in eastern Afghanistan. Germany began carrying out group deportations of Afghans in December, seeking to show it is tackling an influx of migrants by getting rid of those who do not qualify as refugees. According to reports, the Chinese, Turkish, French, Iranian and Japanese embassies suffered damages.

The BBC says a driver for the broadcaster was killed and four of its journalists were injured in the massive auto bombing.

Switzerland said the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation had several windows broken but the staff were safe.

Mohammad Ismael, spokesman for the Health Ministry, confirmed that 80 people lost their lives and some 319 were wounded. Blood streamed down the faces of walking wounded.

The Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) has deployed its team in the area for rescue and counter-insurgency operations. Frantic relatives scanned casualty lists and questioned hospital staff for news.

"I couldn't think clearly, there was a mess everywhere", he said.

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"India stands with Afghanistan in fighting all types of terrorism".

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul". Germany, Japan and Pakistan said some of their embassy employees and staff were hurt in the explosion.

April 12— At least five people were killed when a suicide bomber on foot carried out an attack in the capital, Kabul. "There must be an immediate, impartial and effective investigation that delivers justice to the victims", she added.

"Today's tragedy shows that the conflict in Afghanistan is not winding down but dangerously widening, in a way that should alarm the worldwide community", it said in a statement. The area is also host to schools, mosques, the Afghan Presidential Palace, and various Afghan government compounds.

The Taliban have been stepping up their push to defeat the USA -backed government.

"When we had more than 100,000 foreign soldiers, they were not even able to secure Helmand province" in southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban controls roughly 80 percent of the area, he said.

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Afghan troops are backed by United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces, and the Pentagon has reportedly asked the White House to send thousands more soldiers to break the deadlock in the battle against the Taliban.

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