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A large and powerful Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) detonated at the gate of the German Mission (like an Embassy) on Wazir Khan Road in Kabul, Afghanistan at 8:10 AM local time today.  The blast also damaged the nearby Indian and American Missions.  Initial reports of 60 people injured.

 

UPDATE 3:40 AM EDT -- 

Reports are now coming in of very heavy casualties.  I am being told there are FIFTY people known to be dead from the blast.

Images are also coming in quite fast.  Here's the scene in the immediate aftermath:

 

 

 

UPDATE 3:50 AM EDT --

At least 80 people have been killed and over 350 wounded in a suicide car bombing in Kabul's diplomatic quarter, a few hundred feet from the Indian embassy. The area where the explosion took place is close to the presidential palace and several foreign embassies.

Thick smoke could be seen rising from the center of the city but it is not clear what the target was.

Houses hundreds of feet away from the blast were damaged with windows blown out and doors blown off their hinges.

Witnesses said dozens of cars were blocking roads and some wounded people could be seen

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack came as the resurgent Taliban are stepping up their annual "spring offensive."

 

UPDATE 4:03 AM EDT --

Reports now say the death Toll has hit 100 with more than 400 Injured.  More photos are also coming in:

 

 

 

The Blast in Kabul has damaged a field office belonging to the NYTimes. Multiple windows were blown out.

NYT? No big loss

 

UPDATE 4:14 AM EDT --

Security Source: 2 explosions took place this morning in Kabul. The first one at German Embassy gate 2nd At Zanbaq square. 

 

 

This is a developing story . . . check back for updates.

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