1. Kabul Blast: Massive explosion near Indian Embassy in Afghan capital; around 50 killed, several feared injured

Kabul Blast: Massive explosion near Indian Embassy in Afghan capital; around 50 killed, several feared injured

Kabul Blast: A bomb blast was reported near Indian Embassy in Afghan capital on Wednesday morning

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 10:54 AM
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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 metres away from the Indian Embassy and no one was hurt inside. However, over 50 people are feared killed or wounded outside, as per the report. It 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 on the gate of German mission in the city. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has confirmed that all the Indian Embassy staff are safe. “By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast,” she tweeted. “Massive VBIED (Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) not too far from our Embassy. Buildings, including ours, suffered considerable breakages, but all our staff are safe,” Indian ambassador in Kabul Manpreet Vohra was quoted saying by ANI.

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Meanwhile, news agency Reuters reported that a massive explosion hit Afghanistan capital sending clouds of black smoke spiralling over the centre of the city in an area near the presidential palace and foreign embassies. According to the agency, all houses near the blast were damaged with windows and doors blown off their hinges. “It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is,” Basir Mujahid a spokesman for Kabul police told Reuters.

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According to the news agency ANI, sources have confirmed that the target was the Iranian Embassy which is just 1.5 kilometres away from the Indian Embassy. Meanwhile, official sources at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi said that all staff at the Indian embassy are safe and only damage to the windows of the embassy building were reported. 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.

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