‘Horrific’: Social media reacts to Kabul bomb blast

Social media users react to blast in Afghan capital Kabul, which has killed at least 80 people and wounded hundreds.

An injured man arrives at a hospital after a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan
A wounded man arrives at a hospital after the explosion in Kabul [Reuters]

At least 80 people, mostly Afghan civilians, have been killed by a massive bomb blast in Kabul, and more than 300 people were wounded.

The explosion struck at the heart of the Afghan capital’s diplomatic area, with scenes of carnage, panic and sorrow quickly emerging.

Journalists said the windows of their offices shook, while people ran from the epicentre of the blast with bloody faces.

Aziz Nawin, an IT engineer with the Afghan TOLO news outlet, was one of the first victims to be named.

Mohammed Nazir, a driver with the BBC, the British public broadcaster, was also killed, the outlet confirmed.

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The blast came just two days into the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

At the time of publication, the top worldwide trends on Twitter were #covefefe, a possible typo included in a tweet by US President Donald Trump as he railed against “constant negative press”, and #MasterChefBR, which collected tweets regarding a cooking contest in Brazil.

#Kabul was third.

This is how the event, one of the biggest attacks to have hit Kabul, is playing out on social media:

https://twitter.com/Intrigue_Jones/status/869776042088689664

https://twitter.com/msternpeltz/status/869825508514684928

Source: Al Jazeera

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