A doctor helps a blast victim arriving at Kabul hospital on Thursday.
KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 5 ‚ÄĒ A car bomb exploded in the heart of the Afghan capital Kabul on Thursday, killing 22 and wounding dozens, police said. The blast, which occurred at the market near the ministries of information and education, was the most serious in a string of bombings that Afghan officials say are aimed at destabilizing the country‚Äôs fragile government.
WITNESSES SAID thousands of people fled the busy central business district after the blast near the information and education ministries at 2.55 p.m. local time (6.25 a.m. ET).
Residents said the explosion was the worst in Kabul since the Western-supported government of President Hamid Karzai came to power after a U.S.-led coalition ousted the hard-line Islamic Taliban last year.
‚ÄúMy forces evacuated more than 22 bodies and more than 20 wounded,‚ÄĚ Police Colonel Abdullah told Reuters. Reuters correspondent at the scene...