Friday, June 2

Kabul 5/31 bomb death toll now 100, still rising; wounded 600+

TOLONews [Afghanistan]
Report filed by Sayed Sharif Amiri 
Published June 2, 2017 - 7:17 PM [local time]
Edited June 2 11:00 AM
A source from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Thursday said that at least 100 people were killed and more than 600 wounded in Wednesday’s truck bombing in Kabul city.
The source said the death toll is expected to rise as recovery workers continued Thursday to pull bodies from the rubble.
He also said countless people are missing and that many bodies were badly mutilated due to the ferocity of the explosion.
This comes amid growing public anger over government's failure to prevent such deadly attacks in the heart of the city.

The truck bombing took place at about 8:20am on Wednesday morning in the busy diplomatic zone of the city.
The bombing was one of the worst recorded in Kabul, which has added to the woes of Afghans who are paying the high price of insurgency in the country.
On Thursday, recovery operations were still underway at the blast site, as a team of experts from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) tirelessly searched for bodies in the rubble. The truck bomb was so intense that it brought down a number of buildings in the immediate vicinity. [2.5 mile radius]
Roshan Telecommunication Company, which was close to the blast scene, was badly affected in the explosion. The source said that dozens of people from this company could have been killed.

It is believed however, that the exact number of victims will never be known due to the enormity of the explosion.
“With consideration of scale of the attack, perhaps at least 20 other people are missing; maybe they are mutilated or burnt completely,” said Mohammed Salim Rasuli, head of MoPH hospital.


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