Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the Kabul blast which rocked the Afghanistan capital earlier this morning. “We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured,” he wrote on Twitter. Responding to the explosion that took place metres away from the Indian Embassy in Kabul, PM said India will support Afghanistan in fighting terrorism. “India stands with Afghanistan in fighting all types of terrorism. Forces supporting terrorism need to be defeated,” Prime Minister wrote in his second tweet.
The attack took place near several Embassies and no group claimed responsibility for it. So far around 100 people have been officially reported injured by the Afghan health ministry which said that the number is likely to go up. The explosion took place at the peak of Kabul’s rush hour when roads are packed with work time commuters. It appeared to have gone off close to a busy intersection in the Wazir Akbar Khan district but Najib Danish, deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry, did not have a more precise location.
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Since the attack took place very close to the Indian Embassy, it’s windows were reportedly damaged. However, all the staff members were rescued safely. The news was confirmed by Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj who posted to Twitter: “By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast.” Meanwhile, the Indian ambassador in Kabul Manpreet Vohra said VBIED was not too far from the Indian Embassy.
“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. “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.