KABUL: At least 80 people were killed and more than 350 wounded during a suicide bombing in the diplomatic district of Kabul this morning, a few hundred meters from the Indian embassy.
The area where the explosion took place is close to the presidential palace and several foreign embassies.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted that Indian officials are safe.
By God's grace, Indian Embassy staff are safe in the massive #Kabul blast.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 31, 2017
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, condemning the massive attack, tweeted: “India is in Afghanistan facing all types of terrorism, and the forces that support terrorism must be defeated.”
A thick smoke can be seen rising from the center of the city, but it is not clear what the target was.
Houses at hundreds of meters from the explosion were damaged by windows and doors that were destroyed from their hinges.
Witnesses said dozens of cars were blocking roads and injuries could be seen.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the attack came as the reborn Taliban intensified their annual “spring offensive.”
The ISIS group has also claimed responsibility for several recent attacks in the Afghan capital, including a powerful explosion targeting a NATO armored convoy that killed at least eight people and wounded on 3 May.
The explosion was the last of a long attack of attacks in the Afghan capital. Kabul province had the largest number of casualties in the first three months of 2017 due to multiple attacks in the city.