According to the BBC News, at least 40 people have been killed and 141 injured after a suicide bomber rammed a car full of explosives into the gates of Indian embassy in Kabul. However, the New York Times reports that according to witnesses, the bomber rammed the car into two senior diplomats' cars as they entered the gate.
This has been called the deadliest attack in Kabul since the Taliban overthrow in 2001.
From BBC's website:
Five embassy personnel were killed - India's defence attache, a senior diplomat and two security guards - as well as an Afghan man.
Five Afghans died at Indonesia's embassy nearby.<snip>
The bomb exploded as people were queuing for visas at the embassy.
"We were standing in a line to get visas, the police told us to stand on one side, the women were in another line, then suddenly I heard a huge bang and I sat down. I was very afraid," Khan Zaman said.
Ali Hassan Fahimi said shrapnel had landed in his office, which is close to the site of the blast.
"It was so strong... and our staff were shocked," he said.
AFP reports that taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahed denied any involvement in the explosion.
Some in India may feel that as long as Pakistan is tied up on its western border, we can breathe a little easier, since it keeps the Islamic radicals too busy to stir up trouble in the east. Such complacency is premature. As long as al-Qaida and the Taliban are at large and free to plan their next spectacular assault, there is no guarantee they will confine their targets to NATO or New York. After all, New Delhi is a lot closer to Waziristan.
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