The big explosion of a truck trapped in the diplomatic quarter of the afghan capital is at the root of this human carnage and material damage.
“I was in my office when I saw a flash and I fainted afterwards. When I woke up I was bloody … “said an afghan victim evacuated to a hospital.
A report provided by the Ministry of Health around 9:30 am (Paris time) reported 80 deaths and 300 injured, including women and children in great number. The balance is still uncertain, but is steadily climbing. No group claimed responsibility for the immediate attack. But the terrorist track of the group Islamic State which has committed several attacks in the capital is evoked.
In one of the most secure and residential neighborhood of the afghan capital, which houses several embassies entrenched behind concrete walls in checkered streets. Among the victims, many diplomatic and personal employees of embassies or international institutions. Those from Germany, Japan, Turkey, India, the United Arab Emirates and Bulgaria were damaged.
Dozens of cars were destroyed. The Ministry of the Interior explained that the explosion of the truck was triggered by a suicide bomber.
“The explosion was caused by a water tank that contained more than one and a half tons of explosives. It left a crater of 7 meters deep” said an informed western source in Kabul.
This attack reveals the fragile security situation in Afghanistan. The Taliban are now more powerful than they have ever been since 2001. They would control more than 200 of the country’s 400 districts. Besides, the Islamic state is gradually expanding its hold on the ground, as well as Pakistani jihadist groups and the Haqqani network. Of the 98 organizations designated as terrorists by Washington, 20 have a real presence in Afghanistan with active combatants.