A powerful car bomb exploded in the center of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Wednesday in an area near the presidential palace and foreign embassies killing over 80 people and injuring 300 others.
According to Afghanistan’s health ministry, the blast has so far killed over 80 people and injured 300 others.
Several people were killed and wounded in the blast near the fortified entrance to the German embassy, said Basir Mujahid a spokesman for Kabul police.
“It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is,” Mujahid said, according to Reuters.
Other media reports said that houses, shops, diplomatic missions hundreds of meters away from the blast site were damaged, with windows and doors blown off their hinges.
Sushma Swaraj, India’s minister of external affairs, tweeted that all of the staff at the Indian embassy “were safe in the massive Kabul blast”.
French officials said the country’s embassy in Kabul was damaged in the attack, but there were no signs at this stage of any victims.
The German embassy also reported damage to its buildings.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.