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Newsline: Canadian embassy suffered ‘significant’ damage in Afghanistan

Canada’s embassy in Kabul suffered “significant” damage after a powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the diplomatic district of Afghanistan’s capital, killing at least 90 people and injuring over 350 more Wednesday. “All our Embassy employees have been accounted for and are safe,” Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement. “Our Canadian embassy sustained significant damage to its first floor and there was minimal impact on the rest of the building.”

http://globalnews.ca/news/3492578/canadian-embassy-kabul-damaged/

Newsline: Attack kills 90 near diplomatic area in Afghanistan

A huge suicide bomb ripped through a secure area of Kabul at the height of the Wednesday morning rush hour, killing at least 90 people and wounding 400, Afghan officials said. The blast, which came a few days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, was one of the deadliest to hit the Afghan capital in recent years. The bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace. The streets were packed with commuters, women shopping and children going to school and the blast appears likely to result in a high civilian death toll.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/31/asia/kabul-explosion-hits-diplomatic-area/

Newsline: China embassy partly damaged in Kabul attack in Afghanistan

China’s foreign ministry says its embassy building in Kabul has been partly damaged in an explosion that rocked the Afghan capital’s heavily guarded diplomatic district earlier in the day. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters at a regularly scheduled media briefing today that all embassy staff members were “safe and sound” and that there had been no reports of injured Chinese citizens.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/world-news/china-embassy-partly-damaged-in-kabul-attack/articleshow/58927025.cms

Newsline: Afghanistan Detained Two Pakistani Embassy Staffers

Pakistan on Thursday pulled out the Vienna Convention when two of its staffers in Kabul were detained for hours by Afghanistan’s intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS). The two men were picked up by NDS from a stationery shop at a market. The staffers detained in Kabul were identified as Hassan Khanzada, visa assistant at the embassy, and Syed Munir Shah, staff driver. Pakistan accused Afghanistan of violating Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961). “It was emphasised that such incidents undermined the constructive engagement which the two countries envisaged for strengthening of bilateral ties,” Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office as saying. The embassy approached the Afghan foreign ministry and sought immediate release of the two staffers. Pakistan summoned Afghanistan’s deputy head of mission Zardasht Shams on Wednesday to lodge protest over the detention. Khanzada and Shah were finally released after three hours, it said, adding that it was unclear why the staffers were detained. The incident serves another blow to the already fraught ties between the two countries.

http://www.news18.com/news/world/two-embassy-staffers-detained-in-kabul-pakistan-invokes-vienna-convention-1405625.html

Newsline: Car bomb kills eight people near US Embassy in Kabul

A car bomb targeting a convoy of foreign troops exploded near the US Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday, killing eight people and wounding 25 others, an Afghan official said. The blast hit at 7:55 a.m. (local time) in Kabul police district 9, near the embassy and Supreme Court, according to interior ministry spokesman Najib Danish. No information was immediately available on the nationality of the troops, but Danish earlier said all the victims were Afghan civilians. US Forces Afghanistan later said three members of the international coalition suffered nonlife-threatening injuries.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/03/asia/suicide-attack-near-us-embassy-in-kabul/

Newsline: US Embassy In Afghanistan Fires 6 Over Drug Infractions

Six people working at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, have been fired for using or possessing illegal drugs. A State Department official says the firings followed an investigation into allegations of misconduct. The official says those who were embassy employees have been fired and others who were contractors for the embassy have been removed from the contract. The official is declining to provide details about what led to the investigation. But the infractions are particularly troubling given the yearslong effort by the U.S. to address the narcotics trade in Afghanistan. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss personnel situations publicly and requested anonymity.

http://www.dailyjournal.net/2017/03/29/us-united-states-afghanistan-drugs/

Newsline: Gunmen storm military hospital near US Embassy in Kabul

Gunmen stormed a military hospital in Afghanistan’s capital Wednesday, killing at least four people and wounding more than 60, setting off clashes with security forces that were still underway hours later. Gen. Dawlat Waziri, a Defense Ministry spokesman, said gunmen entered the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital after an explosion and gunfire. The 400-bed military hospital is located near two civilian hospitals in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, which is also home to several embassies, including that of the U.S. The attack began when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the rear of the hospital and three attackers with automatic weapons and hand grenades entered the complex, a security official told the Reuters news agency. The gunmen, dressed as medical personnel, took positions on the hospital’s upper floors and battled special forces sent to the scene, officials told Reuters. As fighting went on, a second explosion was heard inside, Reuters added.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/gunmen-attack-military-hospital-near-us-embassy-in-kabul/