At least 17 dead in blast near embassies in Kabul

At least 40 dead following suicide bombing in Kabul

At least 40 dead following suicide bombing in Kabul

Mujahid also claimed that scores of people had gathered in the area where the incident and almost 80 people have been killed or wounded.

The force of the blast shook windows of buildings at least two kilometres (more than a mile) away and shattered windows within hundreds of metres of the site.

Saturday is a working day in Afghanistan, and the blast tore through a crowded street in a busy part of the city at lunchtime.

ISIS militants on Wednesday attacked the offices of British aid agency Save the Children in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, killing at least four people and injuring dozens.

At least 10 people were killed and 79 others injured after a suicide vehicle bomb blast rocked near Sidarat Square in central Kabul on Saturday, an official told Xinhua.

The attacker struck near the old interior ministry building after successfully passing through one police checkpoint, said interior ministry deputy spokesman Nasrat Rahimi.

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Members of the European Union's delegation in Kabul were in their "safe room" and there were no casualties, an official told AFP.

It was the second successful Taliban attack in a week on high security targets in the city. "Our thoughts are with the victims and their families, and we stand with the fearless people of #Afghanistan".

Around 150 guests fled the mass shooting with some escaping the hotel by using bedsheets to climb down from windows. Security forces fought each other while family members struggled to track down those hurt in the explosion. Trump's United Nations envoy, Nikki Haley, said after a recent visit to Afghanistan that Trump's policy was working and that peace talks between the government and the Taliban are closer than ever before.

This bombing is the latest in a string of deadly attacks across Afghanistan in the past week.

An injured Afghan man is transferred from an ambulance to a hospital following blasts at a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul on December 28, 2017.

Condemnations of the attack and tributes to the victims poured forth on Saturday.

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