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Shops in downtown Kabul re-open two months after the deadly blast

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Shops in downtown Kabul re-open two months after the deadly blast

Shops in Zanbaq Square, in the downtown Kabul, have re-opened two months after the deadly blast which left over 150 people dead and hundreds injured.

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), the government plans to provide loans with lower interest to the businessmen affected by the blast once the assigned commission finalizes its report on the assessment of financial losses of the bombing.

The financial loss caused by the explosion was estimated at USD 10mn by ACCI. Hotels, banks and telecommunication companies that were in the vicinity had been damaged the most.

Meanwhile, a number of local businessmen voiced their concerns about the loss of their businesses and alleged that the government has not provided them any assistance so far.

A huge suicide truck bomb exploded in the diplomatic quarter of Kabul city near the German Embassy and the Afghan presidential palace on May 3.

The area is considered one of the most secure areas of Kabul and also one of the busiest. The streets were packed with commuters, women shopping and children going to school.

The blast came a few days into the holy month of Ramadan and is one of the deadliest strikes in the long Afghan war.



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