31 May '17, 11am

Bomb blast rocks Kabul during rush hour, killing dozens of civilians | FDD's Long War Journal

Bomb blast rocks Kabul during rush hour, killing dozens of civilians | FDD's Long War Journal

A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) was detonated near diplomatic facilities in the Afghan capital during rush hour this morning. Preliminary casualty reports say that at least 80 people were killed in the blast and dozens more wounded. A photo of the aftermath of the bombing (seen above) was posted on Twitter by Afghanistan’s Ariana News. The bomb exploded at 8:22 am local time “in Kabul near Zambaq Square outside the Green Zone, which houses diplomatic and government facilities,” according to NATO’s Resolute Support . Afghan security forces “prevented the VBIED from gaining entry to the Green Zone,” but dozens of nearby civilians perished. The Taliban has already denied any involvement via a statement attributed to Zabihullah Mujahid , the group’s spokesman. It is likely that the Islamic State, which has carried out large-scale operations in Kabul this ye...

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