A huge explosion in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul. The powerful car bomb sending black smoke blowing into the sky above the Presidential Palace and foreign embassies. Initial reports claiming scores of people are dead and hundreds injured. Amongst the scenes of chaos, the wounded were piled into vehicles and raced to the city's hospitals.
> Reuters correspondent Josh Smith is there.>> Kind of a chaotic scene because they're bringing a lot of bodies in and people are trying to identify them. A few of the walking wounded, we talked to them, they were able to leave at this point. But we still don't have a full idea of the full number of casualties.
>> A Kabul police spokesman says the blast was centered near the German Embassy, but the exact target isn't clear.>> 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 in the morning rush hour, there would have been a lot of people on the streets at that time when it went off.
>> The explosion shattered windows and blew doors of their hinges, and buildings hundreds of meters away. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb, however, violence has been rising in Afghanistan throughout the year. The Taliban pushing to defeat the US-backed government and reimpose Islamic law.