Deadly blast wreaks havoc in Kabul, more than 80 dead

May 31, 2017, 6:07 AM EDT
Scenes after a blast in Kabul in 2008.
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A powerful car bomb went off close to the German embassy in Zanbaq Square in the center of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, killing at least 80 and injuring more than 350 people during the rush hour on Wednesday.

The explosion ripped through the area, which is home to several high-profile compounds and offices, shattering windows and doors in houses several meters away from the site, writes Reuters.

A strike of such scale raises serious questions about how a highly fortified zone in the Afghan capital stands vulnerable to terror attacks, notes the BBC. Although no group claimed responsibility for the assault, suspicion falls on the Taliban, which recently vowed to kickstart a major spring offensive, targeting foreign personnel in the country.