Kabul May 31 (TNS): A huge car bomb blast rocked the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday morning, claiming over 60 lives, mostly civilians and passers-by.
The blast occurred in central Zanbaq Square closed to the Presidential Palace and foreign embassies, initial reports indicate.
Afghan officials feared that the death toll could rise as security officials and rescue teams struggled to transfer injured people to hospitals amidst chaotic scene.
Properties were damaged also by the force of the blast as images on social media show a large cloud of black smoke over the city and a series of destroyed vehicles.
Security officials and police have cordoned off the main blast.
The precise target of the attack remains unclear, although it hit Kabul’s diplomatic and government district.
Afghanistan’s Tolo news said the explosion was close to the German embassy.
There have been sporadic deadly attacks on Kabul in recent months, all of which have highlighted the worsening security situation across Afghanistan.