Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the center of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, May 31, police said, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds and damaging embassy buildings.

The victims appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians.

The bomb, one of the deadliest in Kabul and coming at the start of the holy month of Ramadan, exploded close to the fortified entrance to the German embassy, wounding some staff, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said. Pictures showed the embassy building with its windows ripped out.

One Afghan security guard was killed and others were likely among the dead, Gabriel said. A spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry said the bomber’s target was unknown.

“Such attacks do not change our resolve in continuing to support the Afghan government in the stabilization of the country,” Gabriel said.

Basir Mujahid, a spokesman for city police, said the explosives were hidden in a sewage truck. He also suggested that the German embassy might not have been the target of the blast, which sent towering clouds of black smoke into the sky near the presidential palace.

“There are several other important compounds and offices near there too,” he told Reuters.

The blast, which shattered windows and blew doors off their hinges in houses hundreds of meters away, was unusually strong.

No group had claimed responsibility by late Wednesday afternoon. (Reuters)

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Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan officials inspect outside the German embassy after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Security forces stand next to a crater created by massive explosion in front of the German Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan volunteers carry victims at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Security forces inspect near the site of a suicide attack where the German Embassy is located in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Rahmat Gul)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Security forces inspect the site of a suicide attack where the German Embassy is located in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Rahmat Gul)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

A wounded man looks out a window near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan policemen inspect at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan officials inspect at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Relatives of victims listen to hospital officials after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017.(Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan Municipality workers sweep a road in front of the German Embassy after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Rahmat Gul)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Security forces stand near the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

An Afghan resident wounded in a car bomb attack receives treatment at a hospital in Kabul on May 31, 2017.
(Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

An Afghan man drives his damaged car after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Rahmat Gul)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Wounded men lie on their beds in Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

A dog is seen running at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

An Afghan man reacts at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Roshan mobile company employees leave the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

People carry an injured man after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s military helicopter flies over the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Afghan men assist a wounded man at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Men move an injured man to a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

A medic runs to the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, May 31, 2017. (AP Photos/Massoud Hossaini)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

A wounded man lies on the ground at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

An injured man arrives at a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Damaged cars are seen at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

An Injured Afghan man walks on the street near a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

A woman sits outside a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Men move an injured man to a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Damaged cars are seen after a blast at the site of the incident in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Injured Afghan men arrive at a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017.(Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Damaged cars are seen after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Relatives of Afghan victims mourn outside a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Omar Sobhani/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

An injured man arrives to a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Smoke rises from the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan May 31, 2017. (Hamid Sayedi/Reuters)

Powerful bomb kills dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan

Map showing location of blast in Kabul on May 31, 2017. (Reuters)

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