84 Days after the shocking attack upon the Sardar Daud Khan Military Hospital, Kabul has been brutally attacked again by terrorists.
This morning in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber made their way past multiple checkpoints on their way to their intended target; the Diplomatic Zone. Stopped by security at the last gate, detonating a massive bomb. Initial reports were that 100 people are injured, 50 dead but that has since been updated to 319 admitted to hospitals, and 19 confirmed deaths.
Due to the size of the blast, it may be some time before the dead are counted.
Unconfirmed reports estimate the death toll to be as large as 270…
The blast was at St 14 Wazir Akbar Khan, near Spinney’s supermarket and Zanbaq Square—a busy, crowded square near most of the embassies.
Photos from the scene show devastation, vehicles torn and crumpled, thick black smoke and fires burning with detritus and blood strewn across the streets. Glass and fragmented metal litter the ground.
Jessica Donati from the Wall St Journal was interviewed on CNN—giving her account—she was lucky to escape injury as she was in the shower when the blast occurred, the windows and some doors in her apartment were blown-in. She has written about the incident here.
Many are reporting that a Water Truck was used as the carrier-vehicle; this might explain how the vehicle was able to traverse so many checkpoints without too much suspicion. A massive amount of explosive could fit inside a waterproof chamber and be undetected by bomb-sniffing dogs, though the final checkpoint seems to have been alerted, leading to the premature detonation.
Smoke is visible from kilometres away, and residents of Kabul are reporting that it was felt across the city, “reminiscent of Shah Shaheed truck bomb” in 2015.
The Indian Embassy is apparently heavily damaged, no word yet on the German embassy which was the closest to the blast. Pictures from Jessica Donati show the blast shields doing their job at the Wall St Journal Bureau…
The US Embassy has warned citizens to avoid the city, and have cancelled all appointments for routine American Citizen Services, and that…
“Travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat operations, landmines, banditry, armed rivalry between political and tribal groups, militant attacks, direct and indirect fire, suicide bombings, and insurgent attacks, including attacks using vehicle-borne or other improvised explosive devices.” — Statement by the Embassy of the United States, Kabul; Afghanistan
A shocking day for Kabul, and for all humanity.