A water tank truck loaded with explosives detonated in the diplomatic area in Kabul, which is surrounded by foreign embassies including the US Embassy. The large truck bomb claimed the lives of at least 80 and wounded more than 350 people as embassy workers and staff were headed to work. According to the Washington Post, the majority of the victims were Afghan citizens and security forces.

The dead and wounded were almost all Afghan civilians and security forces: policemen, bank clerks, cart pullers, telephone company workers. Five women were among the dead, officials said.” – Washington Post

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President Ashraf Ghani released this statement following the deadly attack saying he, “strongly condemns the cowardly attack in the holy month of Ramadan targeting innocent civilians in their daily life.”