A powerful bomb detonating during morning rush hour in Afghanistan's capital Kabul. Hidden in a sewage tanker, the blast rocked the area near the presidential palace and foreign embassies. Scores of people are dead and hundreds wounded. Amongst the scenes of chaos, victims were piled into vehicles and raced to the city's hospitals.
> Reuters correspondent Josh Smith is there.>> Some of the people we talked to also worked in some shops that are in the area there, a phone store, as well as a bank. Some employees there describe total chaos after it went off. Dust and shattered glass everywhere, to the point where they couldn't say what happened to their work colleagues and the other people that were around them when the attack went off.
>> The blast was centered near the German Embassy, killing a security guard and wounding some staff, but the exact target isn't clear.>> So it's a very high security area, however, there are also major roads that go through there. And so coming as it did kind of at morning rush hour, there would have been a lot of people on the streets, at that time when it went off.
>> The unusually strong explosion shattered windows and blew doors off their hinges in buildings hundreds of meters away. The Taliban has denied responsibility condemning attacks that have no legitimate target and kill civilians. The other main militant group active in Afghanistan, Islamic State, has carried out high profile attacks in Kabul before.
The blast comes at the start of the holy month of Ramadan.