A huge blast has hit the Afghan capital during the morning rush hour. The blast was reported near the city’s presidential palace and foreign embassies. Police say the explosion was caused by a car bomb placed near the German embassy.
Reuters A powerful car bomb exploded in the center of Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, killing or wounding dozens of people and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies. 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.
Violence around Afghanistan has been rising throughout the year, as the Taliban push to defeat the U.S.-backed government and reimpose Islamic law after their 2001 ouster in a Washington-backed invasion.
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