Kabul’s high-security diplomatic area was rocked by a powerful explosion earlier today. Reports say that the explosion took place near the German Embassy. News agency Reuters quoting Afghan health ministry officials said at least 90 people have died and 320 have been wounded in the blast. Meanwhile, AP claims that 64 people have died in the blast. The Indian Embassy building has received some damage due to the blast, according to the Indian Express. However, all Indians in the embassy are safe.
Here are all we know about the Kabul blast so far:
1) A large explosion went off in Kabul, early Wednesday morning. The blast sent clouds of black smoke spiraling over the center of the city in a high-security Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan diplomatic area.
2) Afghan Police officials told news agency Reuters that a powerful car bomb was detonated near the fortified entrance to the German Embassy. The Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) has deployed its team in the area for rescue and counter-insurgency operations.
3) Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured. India stands with Afghanistan in fighting all types of terrorism. Forces supporting terrorism need to be defeated.
We strongly condemn the terrorist blast in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 31, 2017
4) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indian Ambassador to Afganistan Manpreet Vohra have confirmed that all staffers of the Indian Embassy are safe and accounted for. Windows and doors of the Indian Embassy’s building have been partly damaged following the explosion
5) News agency Reuters quoting Afghan Health Ministry has said that 90 people have been killed in the blast and over 300 people have been wounded