Afghan president says death toll tops 150 in May 31 Kabul blast

The truck bomb which detonated in the heart of Afghanistan's capital city is now the deadliest attack in Kabul since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

The burial ceremony of one of the victims of the truck bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan. (June 1, 2017)

The death toll from the May 31 tanker bomb attack in Kabul has passed 150 people, President Ashraf Ghani said on Tuesday, making it the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since the ouster of the Taliban in 2001.

The blast occurred when a sewage tanker packed with what Ghani called "military-grade" explosives was detonated at the entrance to a fortified area of the city, including government buildings and foreign embassies.

"We were not the only targets, the entire diplomatic community was the target of this attack," Ghani told foreign diplomats gathered for a conference in Kabul.

Previous official estimates had put the death toll at about 90, with more than 460 wounded.

All of those killed were Afghans, and Ghani paid specific homage to 13 policemen who stopped the truck as it tried to enter the fortified district and were killed in the blast.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which sparked violent anti-government protests.

Several protesters were killed in clashes with police on Friday. At least a dozen people were killed when suicide bombers attacked the funeral for one of the dead protesters on Saturday.

TRTWorld and agencies