A powerful blast today rocked Kabul’s high-security diplomatic area where the Indian embassy is located but all staffers at the Indian mission were said to be safe.
Reports said the massive explosion close to the German embassy wounded or killed at least 60 people.
The blast smashed windows of the buildings nearby and a huge plume of smoke could be seen spiralling over the area near the presidential palace and other foreign embassies in the Afghan capital.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that Indian embassy staffers were safe.
By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 31, 2017
Official sources at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi, however, said some damage to the windows of the embassy building has been reported.
It was not immediately clear what was the target of the blast that occurred during the morning rush hour.
An eyewitness told the local Pajwok news agency that the blast took place close to the German embassy and foreign forces camp. It cited anoter source as saying the explosion happened in front of the office of the National Directorate of Security (NDS), Afghanistan’s primary intelligence agency.
Houses hundreds of metres away from the blast site were damaged and windows and doors blown off their hinges. Bodies and injured people were seen in the area. Some women were seen screaming for the lost relatives at the site of explosion.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast, but the attack came as the Taliban group steps up their annual “spring offensive”.