Kabul bomb blast: Explosion in embassy zone leaves 13 dead, many injured

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 31 October 2017, 09:05 PM
Bomb blast - Representational Image
Bomb blast - Representational Image

Kabul's diplomatic zone in Afghanistan came under the garb of a heavy blast on Tuesday that rocked the compound leading to multiple casualties, witnesses said.

However, the cause of the blast has not been confirmed yet. Without giving further details, the Afghan interior ministry and police confirmed the explosion in the heavily fortified area. As per latest reports coming on the incident, Afghanistan's Health Ministry has confirmed 14 people have been killed and 13 wounded in the blast

It was the first attack targeting the Afghan capital's so-called "Green Zone" since a massive truck bomb ripped through the area on May 31, killing or wounding hundreds.    

"Our initial information shows the suicide attacker was on a motorcycle. He made it through the first checkpoint but was stopped at the second checkpoint and detonated,"defence ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri told AFP.    

"We don't know the target but it happened a few meters from the defence ministry's foreign relations office. No casualties to our personnel."    A health ministry official confirmed the casualty toll.    

AFP reporters heard a loud explosion around 4 pm just as workers would have been leaving their offices, followed by the sirens of emergency services. Witnesses told AFP they saw multiple casualties being carried from the scene of the blast and driven away in ambulances

First Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 05:58 PM

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