Kabul/New Delhi: At least 80 people were killed and around 350 wounded in a car bomb blast in Kabul on May 31, a health official said. The numbers are expected to increase. The wounded were taken to Kabul hospitals after the explosion.
Witnesses said they saw crowds gathered around ambulances that carried the dead and wounded to hospitals, trying to identify bodies.
The Wire‘s diplomatic correspondent reports that while there some damage to the windows at the Indian embassy, the staff inside were not affected.
— Devirupa Mitra (@DevirupaM) May 31, 2017
The Indian embassy staff “are safe”, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted:
By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 31, 2017
The French embassy in Kabul was damaged in the attack, said French minister Marielle de Sarnez, who added there were no signs at this stage of any French victims.
“There has been some material damage in the French embassy, as well as in the Germany embassy,” de Sarnez, who is France’s European affairs minister, told Europe 1 radio.
The powerful car bomb exploded in the centre of Kabul, sending clouds of black smoke into the sky above the presidential palace and foreign embassies, officials said.
With Reuters inputs