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Egypt says embassy building 'significantly' damaged in Kabul blast, strongly condemns attack

Ahram Online , Wednesday 31 May 2017
Afghan volunteers carry victims at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017.(AFP)
Afghan volunteers carry victims at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017.(AFP)
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Egypt condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack in Kabul on Wednesday that killed at least 80 people when a massive truck bomb ripped through the city's diplomatic quarter. Cairo said the exterior of the Egyptian Embassy building was also damaged. 

A statement from the foreign ministry said the explosion was very powerful, causing "signficant" damage to the Egyptian embassy's building and the ambassador's residence in Afghanistan. One of the building's guards was hurt.

The Ministry is following the situation in Kabul to ensure the safety of embassy staff and assess the damages.

Cairo stands with the government and people of Afghanistan against terrorism and calls on the international community to strengthen its efforts to combat it, the ministry spokesman added.

At least 80 people were killed and hundreds injured early Wednesday when a powerful bomb went off in Kabul's diplomatic quarter, bringing carnage to the streets of the Afghan capital and shattering windows hundreds of metres away.

The attack is one of the deadliest in Kabul and comes at the start of the holy month of Ramadan.

Employees at the German embassy in Kabul were injured in the explosion and one Afghan security guard was killed, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Twitter and Reuters reported. Turkey also said that its embassy building in the Afghan capital Kabul was damaged; however, the staff is unharmed. 

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