Kabul/New Delhi, May 31: A water tanker loaded with explosives blew up amid a deafening roar near the German Embassy here on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people, wounding around 350 and causing widespread destruction, authorities said.
The massive explosion, which occurred at 8.22 a.m. during rush hour traffic in downtown Kabul, destroyed at least 50 vehicles and damaged dozens of buildings in a wide area that included embassies and the NATO Resolute Support headquarters.
Afghan and foreign troops rushed to the devastated zone centred around 17th Street Wazir Akbar Khan locality, only to meet with ghastly scenes.
Amid scattered body parts, some badly wounded men and women, their faces dripping with blood, desperately sought help.
A few cars were on fire and a large plume of black smoke rose into the sky.
The Afghan Health Ministry put the number of dead at 80.
Tolo News said most victims were civilians, a large number of them from the Roshan mobile company.
Among the dead was an Afghan journalist from Tolo News, media outlets reported. At least two journalists — one each from the BBC and 1TV — were wounded.