At least 64 people were killed and hundreds wounded Wednesday when a massive truck bomb ripped through Kabul's diplomatic quarter, shattering the morning rush hour and bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital.
Among the roughly 350 injured in the explosion from a bomb hidden in a sewage tanker in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital were two German embassy employees.
As of writing, U.S. President Donald Trump has not made any statement about the blast (either via the White House or Twitter), nor has the U.S. State Department issued a statement beyond Llorens'. His statement added that the Taliban condemn "every explosion and attack carried out against civilians, or in which civilians are harmed". Not far from the German Embassy, at the entrance to the offices of a major Afghan cellphone company and popular TV station.
The Taliban denied any involvement with the bombing, and no group has yet claimed responsibility for Wednesday's blast.
Closer to the explosion it shattered glass in homes, offices and cars. It's the most fortified part of the city, which can be reached only by passing through several checkpoints.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warned American citizens to avoid the area of the blast and cancelled all its appointments for routine American Citizen Services for the day.
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A huge explosion hit near foreign embassies in Kabul on Wednesday morning, leaving at least 67 people injured, Afghan officials said. "It ... highlights the hypocrisy of the enemy who claim that they only target Afghan Security Forces and Foreign forces, yet continue to cause death and suffering amongst innocent Afghans", it said. Afghanistan's private TOLO Television also reported a staffer killed; Germany said an Afghan security guard outside its embassy was among those killed.
The interior ministry called on Kabul residents to donate blood, saying hospitals were in "dire need".
French government minister Marielle de Sarnez told Europe 1 radio that the French Embassy was damaged but that there were no signs "at this stage" of any French victims.
It "targets all of us - whether in Manchester or Berlin, Paris, Istanbul, St. Petersburg or today in Kabul", she said in the southern German city of Nuremberg. He stressed all efforts for a political and peaceful solution of the conflict in Afghanistan should be Afghan-owned and Afghan-driven.
None of the terrorist groups claimed the responsibility of the bomb blast. "It is time for an interim government to be formed", said Member of Parliament Mirwais Yasini.
There would be no collective deportations to Afghanistan in the next few days, confirmed a German official adding the policy of deporting Afghan migrants who do not qualify as refugees still remains.