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Kabul blast-Indian Embassy staff safe, says Sushma Swaraj

News Agencies | Updated on: 31 May 2017, 11:05 IST

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said Wednesday that 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."

Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health on 31 may said that at least 60 persons have been wounded in the suspected car bomb 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.


First published: 31 May 2017, 11:05 IST