Sushma Swaraj, Minister for External Affairs, has confirmed that all staff of the Indian Embassy are safe after a blast that hit the high-security diplomatic area of Afghanistan’s capital city Kabul on Wednesday.
By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 31, 2017
The minister tweeted after a bomb blast was reported near Indian Embassy in Kabul on Wednesday morning, according to TV channel CNN-News 18. The channel reported that this blast took place only 50 meters away from the Indian Embassy and no one was hurt. The report also added that this is the first time that a blast has taken place so close to an Indian Embassy abroad. The incident took place on Wednesday morning and the windows of the Embassy were reportedly broken. The explosion took place at the gate of German mission in the city.
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— ANI (@ANI_news) May 31, 2017
Manpreet Vohra, Indian ambassador to Kabul told ANI that a large VBIED (Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) exploded not too far from the Indian Embassy. Many buildings, including ours, suffered considerable breakages, but all our staff are safe. A source told ANI that the Iranian Embassy, located 1.5 kilometers away from the Indian Embassy, was the target of the massive blast. Earlier in the month, a similar blast took place in Kabul near the US Embassy killing eight people dead while 25 others were left wounded.