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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Ramadan in Kabul: 80 dead, over 300 injured

Kabul, Afghanistan -- Kicking off Ramadan in tradition terrorist fashion, the "Ramadan Bombathon" is in full-swing as a massive blast rocked a "secure" diplomatic area Wednesday morning killing at least 80 and wounding 350.

The huge explosion is believed to have been from a suicide car bombing and was large enough to destroy over 30 vehicles at the site.

"We don't know at this moment what was the target of the attack, but most of the casualties are civilians," said Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the interior ministry. 

It is suspected that the target of the blast was anyone not associated with the terrorists, which includes men, women and children, and hopefully as many diplomats as the bomb could kill.

Some German Embassy employees were seriously hurt in the blast and an Afghan security guard was killed. The Foreign Ministry dispatched a crisis team to help in the aftermath.

Windows were shattered from the blast as far as a half mile away.

No group has yet claimed responsibility but once ISIS learns of the blast, there's a good chance that they will.

The blast comes a day after another massive bomb killed 31 people in an Iraqi ice cream parlor in Central Baghdad.

The latest attack occurred in what used to be considered Kabul's safest neighborhood, with foreign embassies protected by 10-foot-high blast walls guarded by police and national security forces. The Afghan Foreign Ministry and Presidential Palace are also in this area. 

Fortunately, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has strongly condemned the attack--now all of Afghanistan can sleep at night.

Ghani said in a statement that "the terrorists, even in the holy month of Ramadan, the month of goodness, blessing and prayer, are not stopping the killing of our innocent people."

Last month, the unwashed Taliban announced the beginning of their spring offensive. They have promised to build their political base, as Islam directs, and they will do this by focusing assaults on the international coalition and Afghan security forces.

This is Islam--sadly, it's how they roll.