- Title: Kabul residents are fearful a day after deadly blast
- Date: 1st June 2017
- Summary: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (JUNE 1, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF AFGHAN WORKERS CLEARING AWAY SMASHED SHOPPING CENTRE WINDOW GLASS AFTER BLAST SMASHED WINDOWS ON STREET MAN OPENING SHOP SHUTTER MAN SWEEPING SMASHED GLASS FROM SHOP INTERIOR VARIOUS OF SHOPPING CENTRE CEILINGS DAMAGED BY BLAST (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN SHOPKEEPER, ENAYATULLAH MOHAMMADI, SAYING: "We ask our leaders to ensure security in the country, or if they are not able to ensure security for us, we say they must resign - there should be someone (in power) who serves the country. Right now, thousands of our people are mourning - why and how much longer should we suffer from this current situation?" VARIOUS OF PILES OF SMASHED GLASS FROM SHOP WINDOWS ON STREET AFGHAN SHOEMAKER, GHULAM SAKHI, SITTING ON STREET NEAR PILE OF SMASHED GLASS SAKHI'S HANDS POLISHING SHOES SAKHI LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN SHOEMAKER, GHULAM SAKHI, SAYING: "For God's sake, what is happening in this country? It's not one or two days, or even a year, that we have been experiencing such incidents. These inefficient leaders have destroyed our people. Our people leave their house to find a loaf of bread for their children, but later in the evening their dead bodies are transferred back to their families." VARIOUS OF FLOWER SHOPS LINING STREET WITH BLOWN OUT WINDOWS (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) AFGHAN SHOPKEEPER, NAJIBULLAH JAN, SAYING: "Every morning when I leave my house, I am not sure whether I will come back home alive or not. We are concerned on the one side about our families and on the other side about insecurity in the country." VARIOUS OF ARMED SECURITY PERSONNEL STANDING IN STREET PEOPLE WALKING DOWN STREET, ARMED SECURITY PERSONNEL EXTERIOR OF SHOPPING CENTRE WITH BLOWN OUT WINDOWS / PILE OF SMASHED GLASS ON GROUND
- Embargoed: 15th June 2017 07:07
- Keywords: bomb blast aftermath Kabul attack. Afghanistan
- Location: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- City: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN
- Country: Afghanistan
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Insurgencies
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JG4AX3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Kabul residents were fearful and had security concerns on Thursday (June 1), one day after a deadly blast killed at least 80 people, wounded another 463 and damaged embassy buildings in the capital's unofficial "Green Zone".
A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour at a busy intersection on Wednesday (May 31). The victims of the explosion appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians on their way to work or school.
"Every morning when I leave my house, I am not sure whether I will come back home alive or not," said one resident, Najibullah Jan.
"Our people leave their house to find a loaf of bread for their children, but later in the evening their dead bodies are transferred back to their families," said another, Enayatullah Mohammadi.
The blast was unusually strong, shattering windows and blowing doors off their hinges in shops and houses hundreds of metres away. On Thursday, the clean up operation was underway, with piles of swept up broken glass lining the sidewalks.
No group has claimed responsibility by Wednesday evening. The attack drew international condemnation, ranging from India and Pakistan to the United States, the European Union and Pope Francis.
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