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Explosion near embassies in Kabul: 40 feared killed

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Source: Hindustantimes

A massive explosion rocked the German embassy in Kabul during the morning rush hour on Wednesday. At least 40 people are feared killed or injured after a car-bomb exploded.

As the Indian, and US embassies are also near to the location of the explosion in the Afghan capital’s diplomatic enclave, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced that officials at the Indian embassy were safe.

“It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is,” spokesperson for Kabul police Basir Mujahid said.

Najib Danish, deputy spokesperson for the Interior Ministry, said at least 40 people were killed or injured in the suicide car bombing on Wednesday.

The massive explosion rocked the centre of the city, damaging many houses. According to Danish, the blast was so heavy that over 30 vehicles were either damaged.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility of the attack. But it came as the resurgent Taliban are boosting their annual “spring offensive”.

The explosion was the latest in a long queue of attacks in the Afghan capital. The province had the highest number of deaths in the first three months of 2017 due to multiple attacks.