Kabul: Blast Outside Indian Embassy - 28 Killed, 141 Wounded


Kabul, Jul 7: The massive bomb exploded near a row of metal turnstiles outside the embassy, where dozens of Afghan men line up every morning to apply for visas. The embassy is located on a busy, tree-lined street near Afghanistan's Interior Ministry in the city center.

Several nearby shops were damaged or destroyed in the blast, and smoldering ruins covered the street. The explosion rattled much of the Afghan capital.

"Several shopkeepers have died. I have seen shopkeepers under the rubble," said Ghulam Dastagir, a shopkeeper who was wounded in the blast.

Abdullah Fahim, the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, said the explosion killed at least 28 people and wounded 141. The ministry collected information from the scene and several Kabul hospitals.

Afghanistan's Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta visited the embassy shortly after the attack, ministry spokesman Sultan Ahmed Baheen said.

"India and Afghanistan have a deep relationship between each other. Such attacks of the enemy will not harm our relations," Spanta told the embassy staff, according to Baheen.

The Indian ambassador and his deputy were not inside the embassy at the time of the blast, Baheen said.

Militants have frequently attacked Indian offices and projects around Afghanistan since launching an insurgency after the ouster of the Taliban at the end of the 2001.

While Afghanistan has seen increasing violence in recent months, Kabul has been largely spared the random bomb attacks that Taliban militants use in their fight against Afghan and international troops.

In September 2006, a suicide bomber near the gates of the Interior Ministry killed 12 people and wounded 42 others. After that blast, additional guards and barriers were posted on the street


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  • Khalid, mangalore

    Tue, Jul 08 2008

    These terrorists are scourge to this world. They are spoiling the name of Islam which actually is a peaceful religion. These are followers of satan as Mr.Ali Sina says.

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  • lorraine pinto, udupi/kuwait

    Tue, Jul 08 2008

    What are human beings upto is it killing each other May God bless the deceased and hearty condolences to the bereaved

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  • Abdul Sathar, Uchil-Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Jul 08 2008

    It is an unfortunate incident, Our country lost some of brave officers who has gone to serve in re building Afghan. Heartfelt condolances and prayers

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  • shahnawaz kukkkikatte, dubai/ bannanje, udupi

    Mon, Jul 07 2008

    Very sad indeed. Where is the humanity gone. Doomsday is very near. No man who kills knows whom he is killing and for what. Oh God give wisdom to us and guide us to the truth and straight path.

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  • R.Lobo, Mangalore

    Mon, Jul 07 2008

    Sad! I wonder what's wrong with these radaical people killing their own citizens? Hope this culture does not enter our India.

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