Taliban denies involvement in Kabul blast, condemns attack

"The blast was so huge that it dug a big crater as deep as four meters", or 13 feet, Kabul's police chief said https://t.co/ML7zWRRImE pic.twitter.com/gwdKQaVoW9- The New York Times (@nytimes) May 31, 2017 Dozens of people gathered at the entrance of WAK hospital in Kabul to donate blood to the wounded of today's attack in Kabul. pic.twitter.com/p8NESc8T59- Fahim Abed (@fahimabed) May 31, 2017 "United in shock" The bombing drew worldwide condemnation, ranging from India and Pakistan to the United States, the European Union and Pope Francis.

Germany's Interior Ministry says deportation of Afghans whose asylum requests have been rejected has been temporarily suspended in the wake of an attack in Kabul that seriously damaged the German Embassy.

"When we had more than 100,000 foreign soldiers, they were not even able to secure Helmand province" in southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban controls roughly 80 percent of the area, he said.

In neighboring Pakistan, President Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistanis were saddened by Wednesday's attack.

The blast gouged a crater about 5 meters (15 feet) deep near Zanbaq Square in the Wazir Akbar Khan district, where foreign embassies are protected by a battery of their own security personnel as well as Afghan police and National Security Forces.

The huge plume of smoke rising above Kabul gives a chilling sense of the carnage caused by Wednesday's truck bomb in the Afghan capital.

The White House on Wednesday condemned the suicide bomb attack that took place in Kabul, Afghanistan, killing at least 90 people and injuring hundreds more, including US citizens. More than 50 cars were either destroyed or damaged. Bomb concealed in a water-tanker exploded near Germany Embassy in Kabul around 9 AM local time in the highly fortified diplomatic enclave of Kabul that houses many embassies and the presidential palace of Afghanistan.

Shocked residents soaked in blood stumbled in the streets before being taken to hospitals. The local Afghan hires were working alongside the American contractors who were injured at Camp Eggers, which is a USA facility across the street from the Germany embassy.

"He also commended Afghan security forces for their steadfast efforts to defend the Afghan people from enemies who would seek to deny them the security and prosperity they so richly deserve", the executive mansion added.

She vowed: "We will lead the fight against terrorism, and we will win it".

Associated Press writer Rahim Faiez reported this story in Kabul and AP writer Kathy Gannon reported from Islamabad.

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