It’s only been a week and a half since the bombing at Ariana Grande’s concert in Manchester, and we’re already facing another tragic attack on civilians. Here’s the latest on Wednesday’s attack in Afghanistan.
In what The New York Times has deemed one of the deadliest attacks of the Afghan war, 90 people have been killed and over 460 injured in a suicide tanker truck explosion in the Afghan capital of Kabul. The attack occurred in the diplomatic district of the city during morning rush hour Wednesday.
Most of those injured were Afghan civilians who were commuting to work and security personnel including police.
What’s the damage?
Apart from the casualties, injuries and loss of global confidence, the buildings affected were largely foreign embassies, media outlets and other businesses. The blast occurred in the street outside the German embassy which suffered the most damage. It was also close to the Afghan Presidential Palace, and the French and Indian embassies.
What’s happening now?
The top priority right now is still locating, identifying and treating the victims of the attack. No entity has yet claimed responsibility. A spokesman for the Taliban has denied the group was involved and condemned the civilian death toll. This denial is interesting because the Taliban is the force responsible for most of the violence across Afghanistan. The group has been known to deny responsibility for attacks that intelligence later reveals were perpetrated by them.
The attacks have not been claimed by ISIS or any other entity yet either.
The good, the bad and the ugly
The good: in the aftermath, people are banding together, donating blood and showing support even from across the world. Germany has even halted a mass deportation of failed Afghan asylum-seekers in the wake of the attack.
The bad: this is yet another attack on innocent civilians which is always terrifying. Yes, this just happened in Britain last week, but there are daily death tolls in Afghanistan and other Middle Eastern countries that we don’t end up talking about very often. We need to remember: there is a war going on there and civilians (particularly Muslims) are targeted every day.
The ugly: this attack comes only a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, increased prayer and charity. This attack seems particularly horrific considering many of the victims would have been practicing Muslims.
World Wide Support
In the face of tragedy, there is nothing like watching the world come together. People around the globe are showing their support for Kabul via social media. Here are a few that might make you feel a little better about the state of the world.
Canada strongly condemns today’s bombing in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the Afghan people and the victims of this heinous terrorist attack.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 31, 2017
— La tour Eiffel (@LaTourEiffel) May 31, 2017
So many people killed in Kabul today and the beginning of Ramadhaan😔 May Allah swt grant the victims all Jannah & sabr to their families 💔❤
— ■♡ (@Ilovemnmcrispyy) May 31, 2017
Heartbroken, prayers for all in Kabul https://t.co/XtCBK5c4ZL
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 31, 2017
By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 31, 2017
This was taken in the Kabul neighborhood where the bomb went off today. These kids may have their own kids today. I pray they’re all safe. pic.twitter.com/ANbfkV44m4
— Jason Kander (@JasonKander) May 31, 2017