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Massive Blast Hits Kabul's Embassy District

At least 80 people were killed and more than 350 were wounded in a powerful explosion in the center of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, on May 31, Afghanistan's Health Ministry says.

The Interior Ministry urged Kabul residents to donate blood.

The explosion, which police said was caused by a car bomb, struck near the German Embassy in an area close to other embassies and the presidential palace. Many of the dead and wounded were civilians.

The blast was so large that more than 30 vehicles were either destroyed or damaged.  
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The blast was so large that more than 30 vehicles were either destroyed or damaged.
 

The explosion shattered windows, blew doors off their hinges in houses hundreds of meters away, and sent plumes of black smoke spiraling over the city center.  
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The explosion shattered windows, blew doors off their hinges in houses hundreds of meters away, and sent plumes of black smoke spiraling over the city center.
 

A man who was injured in the blast leaves the scene after getting first aid.
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A man who was injured in the blast leaves the scene after getting first aid.

An Afghan man reacts at the site of the blast.
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An Afghan man reacts at the site of the blast.

Afghan men provide assistance to the wounded.
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Afghan men provide assistance to the wounded.

An injured woman sits outside a hospital awaiting treatment.
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An injured woman sits outside a hospital awaiting treatment.

An injured man is taken to a hospital.
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An injured man is taken to a hospital.

A vehicle that was damaged in the blast is removed from the scene.
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A vehicle that was damaged in the blast is removed from the scene.

A damaged vehicle is removed from the scene.
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A damaged vehicle is removed from the scene.

Damaged cars are seen at the site of the blast.
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Damaged cars are seen at the site of the blast.

Afghan officials inspect outside the damaged German Embassy.
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Afghan officials inspect outside the damaged German Embassy.

Injured Afghans run from the site of the blast.
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Injured Afghans run from the site of the blast.

Afghan volunteers bring the body of a resident killed in the attack to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.
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Afghan volunteers bring the body of a resident killed in the attack to the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.

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