Massive explosion near Indian embassy in Kabul, No casualties

Afganistan's capital Kabul has been rocked by a huge explosion.

Official sources at the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi said that all staff at the Indian embassy were safe.

Residents described a mushroom cloud over Kabul and windows were shattered in shops, restaurants and other buildings up to a kilometer (half mile) from the blast site.

Witnesses said dozens of cars were blocking roads and some wounded people could be seen.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

The explosion allegedly took place near Wazir Akbar Khan area, Kabul PD 10, Afghanistan, near the ministry of defence building, situated 3 km from the Indian embassy, according to reports.

"A mile away there was first a low rumble like an natural disaster, then the shock wave from the blast followed and blew open doors and windows".

Manpreet Vohra, India's envoy to Afghanistan, told media the bomb went off around 100 metres from India's embassy.

On Saturday, a suicide auto bomber killed at least 18 people in Khost, eastern Afghanistan.

A huge auto bomb explosion early Wednesday killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 350 others in Kabul's diplomatic zone, Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health says.

The Taliban - now in the midst of their annual "spring offensive" - tweeted that they were not involved and "strongly condemn" the blast.

Afghan officials said at least 80 people have been killed or wounded by a suicide auto bombing, according to AFP. "We don't know at this moment what was the target of the attack", said Danish.

USA ambassador to Afghanistan Hugo Llorens issued a scathing statement condemning the "complete disregard for human life", saying those behind the attack deserved our "utter scorn". Both the Taliban and the Islamic State group have staged large-scale attacks in the Afghan capital in the past. Kabul province had the highest number of casualties in the first three months of 2017 thanks to multiple attacks in the city, with civilians bearing the brunt of the violence.

  • Leroy Wright