Suicide Attack Kills 80 and Wounds More Than 250 in Afghanistan (Graphic Images)

Suicide Attack Kills 80 and Wounds More Than 250 in Afghanistan (Graphic Images)

The death toll in a huge explosion that rocked Kabul's diplomatic quarter has risen to 80 and another 350 people have been injured, Afghanistan's Public Heath Ministry has said, in what is believed to be one of the worst terror incidents to ever hit the Afghan capital.

Police spokesperson Basir Mujahid confirmed the damage on Wednesday morning was caused by a powerful suicide truck bomb deployed during rush hour.

The massive blast near the German embassy in Zanbaq Square sent thick plumes of smoke into the sky and managed to shatter windows and blow doors off their hinges one kilometre (half a mile) away. Makeshift ambulances struggled to deal with the number of casualties as the vast scale of the damage became clear.

A BBC team was caught up in the explosion, killing driver Mohammed Nazir, and inflicting non-life-threatening injuries on four journalists, a statement from the corporation read. 

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack - although the Taliban have denied involvement, making it more likely Isis is to blame.

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