31 May '17, 8pm

At least 90 killed, hundreds hurt in Kabul blast

At least 90 killed, hundreds hurt in Kabul blast

KABUL — A massive explosion near the Afghan presidential palace yesterday killed at least 90 people, wounded hundreds and damaged embassy buildings, said officials, in an attack that appeared to be one of the bloodiest of the long Afghan war. The huge blast during the morning rush hour caused panic in much of central Kabul, shattering windows as far as 1.6km away. Nearly two hours after the explosion near Zanbaq Square, a crowded area in the capital that leads to the presidential palace as well as major foreign embassies, plumes of smoke were still rising from the scene. The devastating scope of the attack in one of the mostly heavily guarded areas of Kabul highlighted the reach of the militants, and it came as the Taliban has been gaining territory in the countryside, raising new questions about the government’s ability to restore order to a war-torn nation. Kabul’s polic...

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