Bombing Group Not Yet Identified
Bombing in Kabul, Afghanistan causes serious damage. The powerful bomb was hidden in a sewage tanker. It exploded in the morning rush hour in the center of Kabul today. It is expected the death toll will rise but 90 people have already been confirmed dead while hundreds of others have been injured. The explosion took place at an intersection where people were on their way to work or school. The blast, at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, was one of the deadliest in Kabul according to Deputy Interior Minister Murad Ali. Eleven US citizens, working as contractors in the country, were among the wounded. In a statement the US State Department said that none of their injuries were considered as life-threatening.
UN Representative Issues Statement
The United Nations Special Representative in Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto said the attack in a heavily civilian area was “morally reprehensible and an outrage. Today’s attack is an act of terrorism and is a serious violation of humanitarian law.”
Aside from the German embassy, the French, Turkish and Chinese embassies were among those damaged. There were no immediate signs of injuries among their diplomats.
Immediately following the blast the area had crumbled walls and buildings, and destroyed cars, many with dead or injured people inside. Many people walking had blood flowing down on their faces.
President Donald Trump is deciding on a recommendation to send 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to the area in order to bolster the NATO training force and US counter-terrorism mission which now totals a little more than 10,000.