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Minister offers condolences on bomb that killed 90 in Kabul

15 Juin 2017

He also said that several Germans had been wounded. Sympathy for both Iraq and Afghanistan is high, with messages of condolence pouring in from around the world.

"Our Canadian embassy sustained significant damage to its first floor and there was minimal impact on the rest of the building", Freeland said. "The accusatory approach is unhelpful towards efforts to peace", Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said during the weekly media briefing.

The Taliban have denied involvement. Likewise, the UN Security Council - presided over by Uruguay this month - called to fight this incident, which he described as unjustifiable.

Afghans prepare the grave of a victim of Wednesday's massive truck bomb explosion in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

None of the wounded Americans appears to have life-threatening injuries as a result of the attack in which Afghan officials say at least 90 people were killed and 400 were wounded. The neighborhood is home to several embassies and not far from the Presidential Palace and foreign ministry.

"For God's sake, what is happening to this country?" said Ghulam Sakhi, a shoemaker whose shop is close to the site of the blast.

"It was a vehicle bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too".

Many of dead and wounded were women and children, the Afghan government said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. "Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured".

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The blast was the latest in a series of attacks in the Afghan capital.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani also condemned the attack, which came just days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The insurgent group rarely claims responsibility for attacks that kill large numbers of civilians.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul".

Talking exclusively to India Today, Afghanistan Interior Ministry spokesperson Sediq Siddiqui said role of Pakistan's ISI has been established in Kabul explosion.

Afghanistan's intelligence agency has blamed the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network for Wednesday's attack.

The incident took place at 8:22am Kabul time in front of the German Embassy and Roshan telecommunications company in Kabul in the Wazir Akbar Khan area.

At least 80 people were killed and over 300 injured, many critically, when a truck packed with explosives blew up during morning rush hour in the Afghan capital's diplomatic zone May 31, authorities said. In Paris, Marielle de Sarnez, France's Minister of European Affairs, said her country's embassy was among those damaged.

Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for city police, said the explosives were hidden in a sewage truck.

Minister offers condolences on bomb that killed 90 in Kabul