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Kabul Blast: Truck bomb kills 80, wounds hundreds

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    Security forces inspect the site of the attack in Kabul

    A massive explosion rocked a highly secure diplomatic area of Kabul on Wednesday morning, causing casualties and sending a huge plume of smoke over the Afghan capital

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    An injured woman is seen after a suicide attack

    Officials say at least 80 dead and 325 injured as rescuers dig out more bodies from the debris.

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    An injured man being carried

    The victims of the blast were mostly civilians. All staff in the Indian Embassy are safe but some windows in the building were damaged.

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    People run to the hospital near the site of the attack

    People started to run from the site of the attack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

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    Roshan mobile company employees leave the site of Kabul blast

    Witnesses described dozens of cars choking the roads as wounded survivors and panicked schoolgirls sought safety.

    Men and women struggled to get through security checkpoints to search for loved ones.

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    Security forces inspect near the site of the explosion

    Security forces inspect near the site. The explosion shattered windows and blew doors off their hinges in houses hundreds of metres (yards) away.

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    Wounded man being carried to the nearby hospital

    More than an hour after the explosion, officials were still pulling bodies from the rubble as firefighters struggled to control blazes in several buildings.

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    Smoke seen from the explosion near German Embassy in Kabul

    Smoke could be seen far from the site as the truck loaded with explosives blew up near the German Embassy.

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    Security forces inspect near the site of explosion

    Rescue operations reached the site immediately while security forces inspected the site for further information on the blast.

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