At least 80 people were killed and 350 more were injured in truck bomb blast that took place near Zanbaq Square in the heavily fortified Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic district Wednesday morning, officials said.
President Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the “cowardly ” attack.
“Our prayers are with the victims and their families of this inhuman and cowardly attack. May Allah strengthen all those working for peace. Our thoughts are with the families of deceased & prayers with the injured,” Presidential Palace tweeted.
Among the casualties were children and women, according to the Interior Ministry.
Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah also condemned the attack in its strongest terms.
“I strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Kabul this morning. I stand in solidarity with the victim families. We want peace but, those who kill us in the holy month of Ramadan don’t worth a call for peace, they must be destroyed and uprooted,” Abdullah tweeted.
The blast was huge as it heard across the city, many surrounded buildings including German embassy and 1 TV studio were totally or partially damaged.
Indian Prime Minister, Narrendra Modi and NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg also denounced the bloody blast.
“We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured. India stands with Afghanistan in fighting all types of terrorism. Forces supporting terrorism need to be defeated,” Modi tweeted.
Following the condemnation, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Sweden also separately denounced the explosion that targeted mostly civilians.