Author : Nikita Mathew
A powerful vehicle bomb has hit Kabul, the Afghan capital, killing at least 80 and injuring 350. It has been described by officials as “ one of the biggest” . The attack took place in Zanbaq square, close to shops and restaurants and foreign embassies. The bomb went off at about 08:25 local time (03:55 GMT) during the rush hour in the Afghan capital. Reports say the bomb was in a lorry or water tanker. Civilians bore the brunt of the causalities. “By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive Kabul blast,” India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted. Afghan government spokesman Feroz Bashari condemned the attack, saying: “Today the enemies of Afghanistan once again showed their brutality by killing and wounding civilians. The enemy has no mercy on civilians.” Indian PM Narendra Modi tweeted: “We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.” No group has yet claimed the responsibility for the attack. The health ministry said the casualty figures were expected to rise further.