Tayyeb, a 22-year-old bank employee, had just arrived at work Wednesday, a typically busy morning in central Kabul’s diplomatic quarter, where rush-hour commuters’ cars inched along streets that house foreign embassies, commercial buildings and the presidential palace.
Suddenly a heavy explosion shook the neighborhood, shattering windows as far as a mile away. In the bank, rooms went dark and shards of glass hit Tayyeb in the head.
“We couldn’t find anyone or anything,” said Tayyeb, who, like many Afghans, has only one name. “After maybe a minute, we could see some of our colleagues had been injured because of broken glass.”
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