NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan said in a statement on Wednesday that Afghan security forces had prevented the truck carrying explosives from entering the Green Zone early Wednesday.
“The vigilance and courage of Afghan security forces prevented the VBIED (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) from gaining entry to the Green Zone, but the explosion caused civilian casualties in the vicinity,” read their statement.
By early afternoon it was still not known what the target of the bombing was.
The truck bomb was detonated at 8:22am on Wednesday during rush hour traffic in the heart of Kabul. Immediately surrounding the blast site was the German embassy and Roshan telecommunications company.
By early afternoon the death toll was at 85 and about 400 wounded.
At least 50 cars were destroyed in the explosion which left a massive crater in the road at Zanbaq Square in Wazir Akbar Khan area.
Substantial damage was caused to the area, with home owners and shopkeepers affected up to one kilometer away.
Mostly all casualties were civilians.
According to RS: “The attack demonstrates a complete disregard for civilians and reveals the barbaric nature of the enemy faced by the Afghan people.
“It highlights the hypocrisy of the enemy who claim that they only target Afghan security forces and foreign forces, yet continue to cause death and suffering amongst innocent Afghans,” the statement read.
RS said: “Attacks such as these only serve to strengthen our commitment to our Afghan partners as they seek a peaceful, stable future for their country.”
The German Embassy in Kabul confirmed that a number of its staff members were injured in the bombing.
In a statement issued by the embassy, they said the attack was carried out in the immediate vicinity of the German Embassy.
“An Afghan security officer who was protecting the Embassy grounds was killed,” read their statement.
“I condemn the attack in Kabul, in which dozens of people were injured and killed, in the strongest possible terms,” said Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He stated that the wounded embassy staff had been evacuated.
The truck bombing occurred on a busy road that passes the entrance to the Green Zone which houses a number of embassies including the German embassy, the British embassy, Canadian embassy and Resolute Support among many others.
The truck used to carry the explosives was believed to have been a tanker used to empty septic tanks at houses, businesses and embassies.