Kabul blast: 80 killed, at least 350 injured after huge explosion in diplomatic area

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 5/31/2017 5:35:49 PM


At least 80 people have been killed and over 300 injured after a huge explosion rocked the diplomatic area of Kabul, officials have said, according to news agency Reuters. The blast took place outside the German Embassy and very close to the Indian Embassy. All Indian Embassy staff are safe. Windows and doors of the Indian Embassy’s building were partly damaged following the explosion.
Afghan Police officials said that the blast was a car explosion and several people were feared killed or injured. This could not be immediately confirmed by any Afghanistan official. A huge plume of smoke could be seen rising from the area. Eye-witness images showed cars heavily damaged and several injured people being rescued by emergency services.
“By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted this morning. “Massive VBIED (Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) not too far from our Embassy,” Indian ambassador in Kabul Manpreet Vohra said.

 

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