Kabul mourns loved ones lost to latest bombing


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An Afghan health official says the rush-hour suicide vehicle bombing in Kabul has killed at least nine people and wounded as many as 90.

The last two major bomb blasts in Kabul, the last being in early May and also occurring in the diplomatic area, were claimed by the Islamic State although the Taliban also carried out attacks which left numerous civilian casualties in recent weeks.

The Foreign Ministry has activated a crisis team to help deal with the aftermath of the bombing on Wednesday that hit at the heart of Kabul's diplomatic section, the explosion going off in a highly secure area close to the German and several other embassies.

Nine Afghan security guards at the American embassy were among the dead.

The Taliban - now in the midst of their annual "spring offensive" - denied they were involved.

Scores of people are waiting in hospitals to hear about the status of family members and friends wounded in Wednesday's attack.

The Kabul match, set for July or August, would have been followed by a fixture in Pakistan and a full series at an unspecified date. He said the people and the government of Pakistan will continue to support all efforts aimed at ensuring peace in Afghanistan.

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Afghanistan has cancelled proposed home and away cricket fixtures with Pakistan after a deadly bomb attack blamed by the country's intelligence agency on militants allegedly backed by Islamabad.

Afghanistan's war, the longest ever involving USA troops, has shown no sign of letting up and the introduction into the battle of an Islamic State group affiliate has made the country only more volatile.

USA troops in Afghanistan number about 8,400 now, and there are another 5,000 from North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.

"We are trying to do everything possible to reach out to Pakistan to make them understand that supporting terrorist groups is not going to benefit Afghanistan or Pakistan".

The explosion mostly devastated a nearby building, housing the main office of Roshan, the leading telecommunications service provider in Afghanistan. Four BBC journalists were wounded but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Neighboring Pakistan has condemned the "terrorist attack" in a statement from the Foreign Ministry voicing solidarity with Afghanistan.

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said the bombing was in the "immediate vicinity" of its embassy.