A huge suicide bomb ripped through a secure area of Kabul on May 31, 2017, at the height of morning rush hour, killing at least 150 people and wounding 300, Afghan officials said.
The blast, which came a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was one of the deadliest to hit the Afghan capital in recent years.
The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace. The streets were packed with commuters, women shopping and children going to school and the blast appears likely to result in a high civilian death toll.
The bomb, concealed in a water delivery truck, detonated at 8:22 a.m. (local time) outside the offices of a major local cellphone company and a popular TV station. It hit about 400 yards from the German Embassy in one of the busiest parts of town, near big supermarkets and shops.
The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack in a statement. No group has yet claimed it.
Layma Tabibi, an Afghani-American who works at a local consulting firm, heard the blast and told CNN a lot of the casualties appeared to be from the Roshan telecommunications company.