80 killed in blast near foreign embassies in Afghanistan

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Explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan where 80 people died Wednesday morning

A huge explosion hit near the German Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday morning, killing at least 80 people and injuring 300 others in a highly secure diplomatic area, Afghan officials said.

Video from the scene showed a towering plume of black smoke and emergency vehicles speeding toward it. Soldiers in fatigues stood with guns drawn as sounds of screams, blaring sirens and traffic pierced the morning sky.

Bystanders lifted an injured man from the back of a pickup as others hovered nearby in bloody shirts, some pressing pieces of cloth to their wounds.

‘I was lucky’

The blast was caused by a suicide attack, according to Najib Danish, a spokesman for the interior ministry.

The US Embassy, which is close by, said “a large vehicle borne improvised explosive device” detonated near the southern edge of the…

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