At least 11 US citizens injured in Kabul blast

Updated 2:48 PM EDT, Wed May 31, 2017
01:11 - Source: CNN
US citizens wounded in deadly Kabul blast

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At least 80 people were killed and 360 wounded in what authorities say was a suicide attack

The blast was one of the deadliest to hit the Afghan capital in recent years

Washington CNN —  

At least 11 US citizens were injured in a massive suicide bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Wednesday, according to several US officials.

They were assigned to the US embassy there as contractors, the officials said.

Nine local Afghanistan hires working for the United States in a security capacity were killed in the blast, according to senior US officials. The local Afghan hires were working alongside the American contractors who were injured at Camp Eggers, which is a US facility across the street from the Germany embassy.

An earlier assessment given to CNN said seven US citizens were injured. Sources cautioned to CNN that the number of US citizens who were injured could change as more information becomes available.

At least 90 people were killed and 400 wounded when the bomb ripped through a secure area of Kabul at the height of the Wednesday morning rush hour, 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.

This is a developing story — check back soon for more reporting.