Afghanistan: Kabul attack death toll reaches 90

The Afghan Taliban denied any role in the bombing, which was followed by a second smaller blast in another part of the city.

The Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, condemned the attack.

A massive truck bomb in Kabul exploded in one of the safest areas of Afghanistan's capital Wednesday, killing 80 and injuring hundreds more.It also severely damaged banks, a telecommunications firm, public and private properties, and foreign embassies, including the Turkish, German, and Iranian missions, but no Turkish casualties were reported.

Afghanistan's war, the longest ever involving USA troops, has shown no sign of letting up, and the introduction into the battle of an Islamic State affiliate has made the country only more volatile. Even though the Taliban claim they are only waging war against the Kabul government and foreign forces in Afghanistan, most of the casualties of their attacks have been civilians.

She says Afghanistan can continue to rely on Canadian support.

Hugo Llorens, the US ambassador to Afghanistan, said the "horrific and shameful attack demonstrates these terrorists' complete disregard for human life and their nihilistic opposition to the dream of a peaceful future for Afghanistan", the AP reported. It is surrounded by a 10-foot-high blast wall and protected by a large number of police and national security personnel.

In the past year, USA troops have largely focused on thwarting a surge in Taliban attacks.

"A mile away there was first a low rumble like an quake, then the shock wave from the blast followed and blew open doors and windows".

Danish said the blast was so heavy more than 30 vehicles were either destroyed or damaged. Other nearby embassies include those of the U.S., Britain, Pakistan and Iran, as well as the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation mission.

The US State Department said 11 American citizens working as contractors in Afghanistan were injured, but none of their injures were considered life-threatening.

"The area is heavily guarded and there is usually traffic jam, just because of security-controlled points in the area", Mushtaq Rahim, an independent analyst and security commentator, said from Kabul.

The statement from Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said "the blast has caused damage to the residences of some Pakistani diplomats and staff, living in the close vicinity, and inflicted minor injuries to some". Zabihullah Mujahid, spokesman for the Taliban, said the Kabul explosion had "nothing to do with the Mujahedeen of Islamic Emirate", as the Taliban call themselves.

Germany has had troops in Afghanistan for 15 years, primarily concentrated in the north in and around Mazar-E-Sharif.

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