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At least 9 killed, over 90 wounded in Kabul explosion-Reports

News Agencies | Updated on: 31 May 2017, 12:17 IST

At least nine persons have been killed and over 90 wounded in massive explosion that occurred in the diplomatic enclave of Afghanistan capital Kabul on 31 may's morning.
Tolo News quoted sources at the Wazir Akbar Khan Hospital, as saying earlier that two persons had died and 90 had been wounded in the blast.

The Al Jazeera web site, quoting officials, reported that the suicide car bomb attack, described as "one of the biggest" to have hit the Afghan capital, has killed at least nine people and wounded 92.

Khamma Press quoted Ministry of Interior spokesman Najib Danish, as confirming that the incident had taken place close to Zanbaq Square in the city's 10th police district.

He was further quoted, as saying that a suicide bomber had detonated a vehicle packed with explosives in the area.

The Ministry of Public Health officials were quoted, as saying that more than 60 people in wounded condition had been shifted to various hospitals so far.

The Khamma Press said that no group, including the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the incident so far.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said all staff at the Indian Embassy were safe and not affected by the huge blast in Kabul's diplomatic enclave.

"By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive # Kabul blast," Swaraj said in a tweet.

India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra told ANI, "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."

The blast is said to have occurred about three kilometers from the Indian Embassy, said reports.

Tolo News reported that the blast was close to the Embassies of Germany and Iran and added that the explosion happened o 14th Street of the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic area of the city.

Many foreign embassies are located in the area, including the American and Canadian missions.

The Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) has deployed its team in the area for rescue and counter-insurgency operations.

More details and updates are awaited.


First published: 31 May 2017, 12:17 IST