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2009 Bombing of Indian Embassy in Afghanistan


About 2009 Bombing of Indian Embassy in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 08, 2009

A large explosion was reportedly heard outside the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, October 8, 2009 0827 local time (0353 GMT) killing 17 people and injuring 63. It is the time workers come to the office for work. Vehicles and buildings near to the embassy compound are badly damaged. A suicide bomber drew in a car (Toyota Corolla car) loaded with explosives and tried to enter into the permises. This is the second attack on the Indian embassy in little over a year. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday confirmed the news of an explosion and said the heavily fortified walls of the Embassy office is damaged. Indian Foreign Secretary of India Nirupama Rao said the attack was targeted at the Indian embassy. India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Jayant Prasad said the blast was of the same intensity as the blast that took place in the same area in July 7, 2008. Some sources say the blast was more powerful than the last years blast. Taliban claimed responsibility for the massive blast that occurred outside the heavily fortified walls of the Indian Embassy on its website. An Indian Embassy official speaking on the condition of anonymity told ANI over phone that all embassy staff were safe and that only one Afghan policeman had been killed.

International reaction

The European Union has condemned the attack. U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer condemned the attack, calling it deeply troubling. Strongly condemning the bomb blast outside the Indian embassy in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai described it as a heinous act of terror planned to target civilians. Pakistan condemned the attack saying elements in Afghanistan were intent on sabotaging the peace efforts initiated by allied forces.

India will not be intimidated by these criminal killers: Tharoor
In the third episode of Twitternama, Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor said that India will not be intimidated by suicide bomb attacks like the one that rocked the Indian Embassy in Kabul on Thursday. ANI

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