Kabul blast inflicts millions of losses on businessmen
KABUL (Pajhwok): The widely condemned suicide attack on Friday morning near Shah Shaheed locality of capital Kabul caused million of Afghanis losses on businessmen.
The bomber detonated his explosive –laden truck early Friday close the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The blast was so powerful that it was heard in the nook and corner of capital Kabul.
Abdul Kabir, director of hospitals in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News at least eight persons were killed and around 400 wounded persons shifted to hospitals. Most of the wounded, he said, included women and children, who were discharged from hospitals after initial treatment.
Scene of the Blast
The explosion caused 20 feet wide and some 33 feet deep crater in the ground, which spoke volume of intensity of the blast. Officials neither spoke regarding intensity of the explosion nor mentioned how much explosive materials used.
Destruction caused by the blast can be seen at the scene of the blast such as damaged buildings and wide spread rubbles. Hardly a building has left safe in 70 meters area of the blast.
Pedestrians hardly protect themselves from smithereens of broken crockery infront of marbles market and pieces of glasses.
Three buildings and four houses close to the explosion area have been completely destroyed where as hundreds of shops and residential areas have partially damaged.
A slight sound of hissing and weeping of the poor shopkeepers break the silence and one can loudly hear inaudible sounds of weeping and mourning.
Businessmen and shopkeepers’ reaction
Heavy financial losses have inflicted on the businesses in the area.
Madina Market, an area known for vehicles’ spare parts was situated 50 meters away from the scene which has been ruined. Najibullah had a spare parts shop which had over one and half million Afghanis items.
He did not believe that he lost everything within few hours for nothing since he could not see any fault in himself which he and his family had been punished for. “I and my family have been ruined since I lost everything what I and my family had,” tears were slightly rolling down over his face.
In fact, he did not know he was weeping otherwise he would try to control his tears to show himself strong but the losses were beyond his capacity.
Ateequllah, a shopkeeper in Kamran Marble market, has been taking the rubbles and broken marbles consciously hoping if he would get any unbroken marbles by luck.
Ateequllah whispered while replying to a question: “I saw destruction all around in my shop and also in store where everything is destroyed.”He had lost around two million Afghanis worth marbles in the blast, he said.
Safiullah, 25, hails from Shah Shaheed area, he said that “I heard a loud sound around 1:00 am and my children and women started shouting and screaming. All members of my family were bleeding with broken windowpanes.”
There were several other families in the surrounding who had several family members wounded but mostly they were in stable condition.
The wounded were discharged soon after providing with initial treatment but children and women had passed through huge psychological traumas. The damages of the houses would be remembered the huge blast for quite some time.
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