KABUL, June 1 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS), the primary intelligence agency in Afghanistan, issued a statement on Wednesday evening, blaming Haqqani network for the deadly attack earlier on Wednesday.
Sediq Sediqqi, spokesman of the Interior Ministry, tweeted the above news on Thursday morning.
The Haqqani network has not commented on the statement.
As a Taliban-linked group of militants, the Haqqani network, mainly operating in eastern provinces and capital Kabul, has been responsible for many high-profile attacks on security forces.
The Public Health Ministry of Afghanistan confirmed 80 killed and 463 injured in the blast, which rocked the diplomatic area of Kabul city in the morning rush hour Wednesday.
There are still quite a few people missing. The Interior Ministry has confirmed at least 4 policemen were missing. Press TV, an Iranian media, said one of its reporters was also missing in the explosion.
Some injured people are still in a critical condition. The death number is probably higher than 80.
On Thursday morning, a car bomb went off next to the gate of the airport outside Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar Province, leaving one soldier dead and 5 others injured.