Huge car bomb near embassies in Afghan capital kills or wounds dozens
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, Reuters reported citing officials.
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.
A public health spokesman said at least 67 wounded people had been taken to hospitals around Kabul.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. A spokesman for Taliban insurgents said he was gathering information.
In the meantime, Iranian media reported that the explosion has damaged the residence of Tehran’s ambassador to Kabul but all diplomats are safe.