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Deadly Kabul bombing

A massive blast near the German embassy tore through the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital, killing at least 90 people and wounding more than 460, officials said. According to media report, the devastation left Kabul in shock and underlined the country’s security struggles as it confronts a sustained wave of insurgent and terrorist attacks. No group has so far claimed the powerful blast, which officials said was caused by 1,500 kilogrammes of explosives hidden inside a sewage tanker, in what appeared to be a major intelligence failure. The dead and wounded were almost all Afghan civilians and security forces: policemen, bank clerks, cart pullers, telephone company workers. Although many foreign offices are located nearby many surrounded by high blast walls there were no reports of foreigners among the casualties. But some workers in diplomatic compounds, including those of Japan and Germany, were among the injured. The Afghan Taliban denied any role in the bombing, which was followed by a second smaller blast in another part of the city. Security agencies had warned that both Taliban insurgents and regional affiliates of the Islamic State were planning to attack high-profile targets in the city in the early part of Ramadan. Many injured survivors were cut by shards of glass from storefronts, offices and foreign compounds. By midmorning, many were limping or being wheeled out of local hospitals, with their clothes covered in blood and their heads, arms or feet wrapped in bandages. Nearby, distraught families squatted around bloody body bags, guarding them in patches of shade. There were muffled, choking sounds of men weeping. Most of the dead had been seared by the blast; some were wrapped in cloth but others were half-naked and dripping blood. The Afghan ministry of Public Health placed the death toll at 80 and the injury count at 463. Houses hundreds of metres away from the explosion were damaged, with windows and doors blown off their hinges. The blast was loud enough to wake some residents. Reports from journalists inside Kabul said the explosion shook their houses and shattered windows. Although the Taliban did not accept responsibly of the attack, they have, nevertheless, been claiming responsibility for similar attacks in the past. Non-Taliban militant groups that have pledged allegiance to ISIS appear to not be so well organised. The nature of the blast and extent of damage indicates that whoever was responsible had a clear idea of how best to provoke maximum damage. The attack shows that war against terrorism in Afghanistan is far from over. The people of Afghanistan are still facing worst terrorism after horrible devastation due to wars. The Afghan government needs to form clearer strategy to deal with the terrorism instead of issuing hostile statements against Pakistan. All stakeholders in Afghanistan should sincerely work for peace and stability in worn ravaged country instead of promoting vested interests. The terrorism has become common challenge for both Pakistan and Afghanistan and both countries should fully cooperate with each other to handle this challenge.

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