Minister offers condolences on bomb that killed 90 in Kabul

KABUL Afghan security personnel and residents stand near the crater left by the truck bomb attack on Wednesday. President Ashraf Ghani condemned the assault as a war crime.—AFP

Also in the area is Afghanistan's foreign ministry, the presidential palace and its intelligence and security headquarters, guarded by soldiers trained by the U.S. and its coalition partners.

Some reports say the bomb was in a lorry or water tanker. Germany's Foreign Minister Signmar Gabriel informed reporters that a few officials of the German embassy had also been injured in the blast, while an Afghan security guard had lost his life. One Western official based in Kabul, speaking on the condition that he wouldn't be named, suggested the attack may have been aimed at derailing a 21-country peace summit that the Afghan capital was preparing to host on June 6. It alleged the group had received help from ISI, the Pakistani intelligence service.

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

Minister offers condolences on bomb that killed 90 in Kabul

Afghan native and Indiana University professor Nazif Shahrani told VOA he is not surprised by the bombing.

"The fact that this can happen in the country's capital, that a truck filled with so many explosives could just drive up and detonate".

Security personnel at the German embassy took the threat seriously and moved staff out of a building closest to the exterior wall of the embassy compound. Pictures circulated on social media showed the blast turned a portion of the diplomatic mission into ruins.

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"The ACB hereby cancel all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board", the Afghan board said on its Facebook page.

The French, Turkish and Chinese embassies were among those damaged, the three countries said.

Japan's Foreign Ministry says two of its embassy employees, both Japanese nationals, were slightly injured in the Kabul bombing while minor damage was also caused to the building.

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

According to a press release issued by the ISPR, the military's public relations wing, the army chief said: "We stand with Afghan brothers and security forces in the fight against terrorism and militancy".

US President Donald Trump spoke with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani and condemned the terror attack in Kabul, describing it as "barbaric". "These attacks also demonstrate the extreme level of atrocity by terrorists against innocent civilians".

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"Every morning when I leave my house, I'm not sure whether I will come back home alive", said Najibullah Jan, another shopkeeper whose store is located near the blast site.

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