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India Stands With Afghanistan, Says Modi As He Condemns Blast In Kabul's Diplomatic Enclave

Sushma Swaraj confirmed the safety of the Indian Embassy and its staffers.

31/05/2017 1:08 PM IST | Updated 31/05/2017 1:08 PM IST
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Condemning the deadly bomb blast in the diplomatic enclave of Afghanistan's capital city Kabul which has claimed several lives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended India's full support to its neighbour.

Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi reiterated his stand on defeating terror forces.

He also paid condolences to the bereaved families of the deceased.

Earlier today, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj informed all staff at the Indian Embassy were safe and not affected by the huge blast in Kabul's diplomatic enclave.

"By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast," Swaraj said in a tweet.

India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra told ANI, "Massive VBIED (Vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) not too far from our Embassy.Buildings, including ours, suffered considerable breakages, but all our staff are safe."

Afghanistan Ministry of Health said that 19 have died dead and 319 wounded till now.

Tolo News reported that the blast was close to the German embassy and added that the explosion happened on 14th Street of the Wazir Akbar Khan diplomatic area of the city.

Many foreign embassies are located in the area, including the American and Canadian missions.

The Afghan National Security Force (ANSF) has deployed its team in the area for rescue and counter-insurgency operations.

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