A car bomb in Kabul has killed more than 80 people and injured hundreds more, officials confirmed Wednesday, including staff at the German Embassy in the the Afghan capital.
The powerful explosion, which came at the height of the city's morning rush hour in the diplomatic district of Wazir Akbar Khan, and coincides with the Islamic celebration of Ramadan, tore through local buildings and damaged embassies of both Germany and France, according to government statements.
Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's Foreign Minister, said on Twitter later Wednesday that a guard outside the embassy had been killed and that staff working within the consulate had been injured.
Afghanistan's President, Ashraf Ghani, condemned the attack, saying in a statement that "the terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people." There was no immediate claim for responsibility for the incident, according to Afghan officials.