Kabul blast LIVE updates: Several people were reported dead and many others were injured in the Kabul blast that took place on Wednesday morning in the Afghanistan capital. The blast happened at a high high-security diplomatic area near, outside the German gate and near the Indian Embassy. According to multiple news reports, blast smashed windows of the buildings nearby and a huge plume of smoke could be seen spiralling over the area near the presidential palace and other foreign embassies in the Afghan capital. However, the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj through a tweet confirmed that all the Indian Embassy staffers were safe.
Here are live updates of the Kabul blast:
2:18 PM: “The attack took place very close to the German embassy. It hit civilians and those who are in Afghanistan to work for a better future for the country with the people there. It’s especially contemptible that these people were the target,” German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Twitter.
1:55 PM: “Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Kabul this morning that has caused loss of precious human lives and injuries to many,” the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement, reported PTI. “Pakistan being a victim of terrorism understands the pain and agony that such incidents inflict upon the people and society,” the FO said.
1:40 PM: Rajasthan CM condemns attack:
Strongly condemn the terror attack in Kabul. Deepest sympathies to those affected. Never been more important to stand #UnitedAgainstTerror.
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) May 31, 2017
1:10 PM: Reuters quoted a public health official saying that at least 80 people have been killed so far while 350 have been reported wounded so far.
12:48 PM: As per the local media reports, 65 people have been reported dead so far while 325 have been wounded.
12:30 PM: Damage has been reported in the French Embassy. “There has been some material damage in the French embassy, as well as in the Germany embassy,” de Sarnez, who is France’s European affairs minister, told Europe 1 radio.
12:15 PM: According to news agency AFP, the death toll has risen to 49 while 300 have been reported wounded so far.
12:05 PM: “We are all safe, all our staff, all our personnel are safe. However, the blast was very large and nearby buildings including our own building have considerable damage in terms of broken glass and shattered windows and blown doors etc,” Manpreet Vohra, India’s envoy to Afghanistan said.
11:52 AM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemns blast in Kabul, says forces supporting terror need to be defeated. “India stands with Afghanistan in fighting all types of terrorism. Forces supporting terrorism need to be defeated,” he wrote.
11:44 AM: A German security source has told Reuters that based on current information no German staff at the Embassy was injured or killed. Meanwhile, a local health official has told the agency that at least 15 people have been reported dead so far.
11:38 AM: The deputy spokesman for the Interior Ministry of Kabul, Najib Danish told AP that the blast was so powerful that at least 30 vehicles were either destroyed or damaged at the site of the attack.
11:30 AM: According to Reuters, the Kabul Health Ministry has confirmed that nine people have been killed so far while 90 others who were wounded have been taken to the hospital.
— News18 (@CNNnews18) May 31, 2017
11:20 AM: As per the latest statement from local authorities, the death toll may increase. “A car bomb” exploded at 8:25 am, Najib Danish, an interior ministry spokesman, told AFP. He said at least 40 people had been killed or wounded, but could not give a breakdown of the casualties.
11:08 AM: According to CNN-News 18, the Wazir Akbar Khan hospital has confirmed 2 killed and 90 wounded so far.
11:00 AM: “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.
10:55 AM: 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.
By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 31, 2017
10:45 AM: “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.