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Kabul: At least 60 wounded in huge explosion near Indian Embassy

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 31 May 2017, 11:13 IST
Photo: ANI

Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health on 31 May said that at least 60 persons have been wounded in a suspected car bomb blast in the diplomatic enclave of capital Kabul, a few hundred metres from the Indian embassy.

All the officials are reported to be safe while the powerful blast damaged windows and doors of the Indian embassy.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted about the blast and wrote, "By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive Kabul blast."


Tolo News reported that the blast was close to the German embassy 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.

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 Indian Embassy is not located too far from presidential palace of Afghanistan.

- - With ANI inputs

First published: 31 May 2017, 11:12 IST