A suicide car bombing in the Afghan capital Kabul has kiled at least 40 people and wounded about 140 others. The blast occurred at the city center, where foreign embassies and government buildings are located. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the eplosion, just a week after it claimed another attack in Kabul which killed over 20 people.
The blast tore through a crowded street in a busy part of the city at lunchtime on what is a working day in Afghanistan, leaving torn bodies strewn on the street nearby amid rubble and debris.
The force of the blas shook windows of buildings more than a mile away and shattered windows within hundreds of yards of the site.
People helped walking-wounded away as ambulances with sirens wailing inched their way through the traffic-clogged streets of the city centre.
A man told local media he was passing the area when the explosion happened.
'I heard a big bang and I fainted,' he said, outside the Emergency hospital.
'There were dozens of people who were killed and wounded. There were pools of blood.'
The explsion happened in a busy part of the city where the High Peace Council, which is charged with negotiating with the Taliban, has offices.
'It targeted our checkpoint. It was really huge - all our windows are broken,' said Hassina Safi, a member of High Peace Council.
'So far we don't have any reports if any of our members are wounded or kiled.'
The Swedish and Dutch embassies as well as the European Union representation and an Indian consular office are also nearby.
'It is a massacre,' said Dejan Panic coordinator in Afghanistan for the Italian aid group Emergency, which runs a nearby trauma hospital.
The group said more than 50 wounded had been brought in to that hospital alone.