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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.
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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.

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