- Title: Kabul blast kills at least 80, wounds 463 - interior ministry
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) AFGHAN DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER MURAD ALI MURAD ENTERING NEWS CONFERENCE AND SITTING DOWN (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) DEPUTY INTERIOR MINISTER, MURAD ALI MURAD, SAYING: "There are 80 victims in this incident and 463 have been wounded. Various terrorist groups have claimed responsibility but our intelligence is working to find out who exactly was behind this incident. We will share our findings with you as soon as possible." REPORTERS FILMING NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS END OF NEWS CONFERENCE
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 17:20
- Keywords: Kabul bombing Afghanistan attack interior minister news conference
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016J66Y4N
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Murad Ali said on Wednesday (May 31) at least 80 people were killed and 463 wounded in Kabul after a bomb exploded close to the entrance of the German embassy.
A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of Kabul on Wednesday, damaging embassy buildings in the Afghan capital's unofficial "Green Zone".
The victims of the explosion at a busy intersection appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians on their way to work or school, as well as office workers whose nearby buildings did not have the protection of the blast walls that fortify the zone.
Ali said Afghan intelligence officers were working to establish who was behind the attack after several groups claimed responsibility.
The NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) mission in Kabul said Afghan security forces prevented the vehicle carrying the bomb from entering the Green Zone, which houses many foreign embassies as well as its own headquarters, also suggesting it may not have reached its intended target.
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