Kabul blast near Indian Embassy...
Once again during this year, there has been a tremendous explosion reported in Kabul city.
According to Afghan officials, a car bomb has killed reportedly 80 people and at least 350 were injured! On Wednesday morning, 31 May 2017, the huge explosion happened in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of the capital near the presidential palace and foreign embassies.
Indian Ambassador in Kabul, Manpreet Vohra said the explosion was close to the embassy. “Massive VBIED (Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) not too far from our Embassy” Vohra said. Windows and doors of several embassies in that area were shattered. However, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that the staff at the Indian Embassy in Kabul are safe.
The incident happened at the peak of Kabul’s rush hour when roads are congested with pedestrians and vehicles. “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” Mujahid said. About 30 vehicles were damaged or destroyed.
Houses even hundreds of metres away from the explosion were damaged due to the huge blast that occurred! Reports from journalists inside Kabul said the explosion shook their houses and shattered windows. Police had closed off the area over a radius of few hundred metres. Outside the hospital, the guards were taking care of the people who were searching for their injured relatives.
This, however, was not the only explosion that occurred in Kabul!
Here is a timeline:
January 10, 2017 - Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said a suicide bomber struck first, followed by a car bomb, and four police officers were among those killed. There were more than 30 people killed and dozens were injured after twin suicide blast near the Afghan Parliament. Interior ministry officials pointed at Taliban involvement in the attack. Most of the deaths were reported from the bus in which several civilians were travelling.
November 21, 2016 - According to “The Guardians” Isis has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a crowded mosque in Kabul that killed more than 30 people and wounded dozens in its third major attack on minority Shias in the Afghan capital since July. The attack targeted the Baqir ul-Uloom mosque in the Darulaman area. It took place towards the end of a prayer ceremony marking Arbaeen.
September 5, 2016 - 41 people were killed, including an army general and four senior police officers. Some 103 others were wounded. A series of blasts claimed by the group hit a busy part of the city, close to the defence ministry building, according to BBC. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the first attack and said that their suicide bomber killed 58 people.
July 23, 2016 - More than 90 people their lives when protesters, belonging to the Hazara ethnic group, were targeted by terrorists when one of the deadliest attacks in the city took place. The Taliban denied its role in the attack. Yet another attack happened on 19 of April 2016 when officers of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) were targeted by terrorists during a training session. 70 civilians lost their lives in this blast plus some of the security officers.
February 1, 2016 - Insurgent group claims responsibility for the attack in Kabul hours after the explosion in eastern Kunar province. According to “The Guardian” The Taliban has killed scores of civilians in two separate attacks in Afghanistan just days after being invited to try to resume peace talks. 20 police officers were killed. Another attack happened on January 20, 2016, which was caused by a Taliban suicide car bomber.
December 11, 2015 - According to CNN A car bomb exploded near the Spanish Embassy in Afghanistan's capital early Friday evening, a source briefed on the incident said on condition of anonymity, and sporadic gunfire rang out in the area afterward -- assaults for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. 2 Spanish and 4 Afghan died in this attack!
We offer our condolences to the families of the victims. May they rest in peace.
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