KABUL: Over 50 people have been killed or wounded in a suicide car bombing in Kabul’s diplomatic quarter this morning, a few hundred metres from the Indian embassy. The powerful blast damaged windows and doors of the Indian embassy but External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has tweeted that all officials are safe.
“By God’s grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast,” Ms Swaraj said.
Thick smoke could be seen rising from the centre of the city but it is not clear what the target was.
The area where the explosion took place is not too far from the presidential palace and several foreign embassies are located there.
Houses hundreds of metres away from the blast were damaged with windows and doors blown off their hinges.
Witnesses said dozens of cars were blocking roads and some wounded people could be seen.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack came as the resurgent Taliban are stepping up their annual “spring offensive”.
The ISIS group has also claimed responsibility for several recent bombings in the Afghan capital, including a powerful blast targeting an armoured NATO convoy that killed at least eight people and wounded 28 on May 3.
The blast was the latest in a long line of attacks in the Afghan capital. Kabul province had the highest number of casualties in the first three months of 2017 because of multiple attacks in the city.