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

Kabul blast: All Embassy staff are reportedly safe. Windows and doors of the building have been damaged following the explosion.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 31, 2017 1:08 pm
kabul, kabul blast, afghanistan, afghan blast Kabul blast: Shattered glass inside a building in the diplomatic area of Kabul. Image: ANI/Twitter

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.

Click here for LIVE updates on the Kabul explosion.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and reiterated that the Government of India stands with Afghanistan in its fight against terror. “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.”

The Indian embassy is located in the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic area of Kabul that also houses several ministries and is close to the presidential palace. Jessica Donati, who covers Afghanistan for WSJ, confirmed the blast earlier this morning, tweeting: “Massive explosion just shattered all the windows and glass in our bureau.”

Today’s attack in Afghanistan comes a few days after a suicide car bomber killed at least 18 people in Khost, eastern Afghanistan. The blast took place on Saturday. “A suicide car bomb in Khost province has killed 18 people and wounded six others, including two children,” ministry spokesman Najib Danish had said on Twitter.

//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

For all the latest World News, download Indian Express App

  1. L
    Lalit Mohan
    May 31, 2017 at 6:00 pm
    Today I was sitting in park and 2 Muslim's were also sitting by me they were asking each other about "Ramjan rakkha", suddenly few girls entered into the park. One of them said look look at the butterflies, this is Islam even in rarest of rare case they don't respect others
    Reply
    1. I
      IslamForFooools
      Jun 1, 2017 at 12:01 am
      Never trust a Muslim, trust a poisonous cobra, but trust a Muslim, they always are only and only faithful to black stone in kaba and nothing else. Forget about non Muslims, they can go against their own mother sister and father in slavery of jihadi pislam. Better reject them at all levels
      Reply
    2. H
      Hindu
      May 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm
      The roots of chaos and confusion in muslim world : Western concepts of democracy and liberty are alien to most of the world . Only few educated and civilised persons can fully comprehend and practice such things , as of now . The muslim world has been ruled by strong military based dictators till today . Most of them were in fact secular and suppressed popular islamic fundamentalists . By and large it was a better arrangement for the rest of the world and also for these countries . When these dictators are toppled ( however tyrants they may be ) it created chaos . Milions of people , both muslims and non muslims are suffering . AS OF NOW DEMOCRACY WILL NOT WORK IN MUCH OF MIDDLE EAST . IN FACT IT WILL CREATE CHAOS AND SEND MILLIONS OF REFUGEES TO OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD . The world powers have done grave mistake . They should install strong secular dictators in these countries . It will be good for all the world .
      Reply
      1. I
        IslamForFooools
        May 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm
        And the ramzan bombathon starts just like every year
        Reply
        1. M
          Michelle:Vedic:human
          May 31, 2017 at 3:26 pm
          MUHAMMAD OWNED AND RAP-ED HIS SE-X SLAVE-S Enjoying Special Bo-oty (Ga-ni-maat er-maa-l): Muhammad Takes Safiya As Boo-ty To Be His S ex Sl-ave Safiya bint Huyai/Huyayy was a captive Mohammed married after slaughteri ng her father, brother, husband and the men at Khai-bar, according to Bukhari vol.2 book 14 ch.5 no.68 p.35; vol.4 book 52 ch.74 no.143 p.92; vol.4 book 52 ch.168 no.280 p.175 and Tabari vol.39 p.185.i Sunan Abu Dawud Book 11, Number 2166:Narrated AbuSa’id al-Khudri:
          Reply
          1. M
            Michelle:Vedic:human
            May 31, 2017 at 3:06 pm
            All these just for 72 HOURIES as per Koran: "Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them." Koran 2:191 "Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood." Koran 9:123 "When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them." Koran 9:5 "Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable." Koran 3:85 "The Jews and the Christians are PEVERTS fight them."... Koran 9:30 "Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam" Koran 5:33 "Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boi water melt their skin and bellies." Koran 22:19 "The unbelievers are stupid urge the Muslims to fight them." Koran 8:65 "Muslims must not take the infidels as friends." Koran 3:28 "Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the Qur''an." Koran 8:12 "Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels." Koran..
            Reply
            1. M
              Michelle:Vedic:human
              May 31, 2017 at 3:04 pm
              MUZZIES are frustrated from birth due to their Raa-N-Di ammi's go through 3ripple D-I-c-K;s and loose sense of their kids biological ABBUS,---and one of those illigitimate son of the HOG of fil-thy Islam hindrance to truth is Mohammad DAR rapist by birth Islam fake by faith,---Jai hind.
              Reply
              1. I
                IslamForFooools
                May 31, 2017 at 4:14 pm
                Very true, you have ISLAMOREALISM. Not islamophobia
                Reply
              2. A
                aravind
                May 31, 2017 at 2:35 pm
                This is how some believers conduct Ramadan . May God guide them to the righteous
                Reply
                1. S
                  Saleem
                  May 31, 2017 at 2:21 pm
                  Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq are in the middle ages, only mayhem and chaos
                  Reply
                  1. I
                    IslamForFooools
                    May 31, 2017 at 4:15 pm
                    Due to Islam don't for,get that
                    Reply
                  2. Load More Comments