Kabul blast: India strongly condemns heinous, reprehensible attack

An Afghan health official says the rush-hour suicide auto bombing in Kabul has killed at least nine people and wounded as many as 90.Ismail Kawasi, spokesman for the public health ministry, says that the number of the wounded now stands at 350. He says the target of the attack was not immediately known but that most of the casualties were civilians, including women and children.The Wazir Akbar Khan district, where the attack occurred, is considered Kabul’s safest area, with foreign embassies protected by dozens of 3-meter-high blast walls and government offices guarded by police and national security forces.”The auto bomb exploded at the height of the morning rush hour on one of Kabul’s main streets, not far from the German Embassy, at the entrance to the offices of a major Afghan cellphone company and popular TV station”. An Afghan staffer at the German Embassy was killed, and employees at the German and Japanese embassies were wounded.Mohammed Nazir, a 39-year-old driver working for the BBC, was among those killed in a blast that tore through Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul Wednesday morning.”The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reports that a large explosion has taken place in the city of Kabul near the German Embassy”.”The attack demonstrates a complete disregard for civilians and reveals the barbaric nature of the enemy faced by the Afghan people”, U.S. Resolute Support Command said in a statement after the attack.August 7, 2015 – A series of attacks kill at least 44 people and wound over 300 in one day in Kabul.The French and German embassies in Kabul were also damaged in Wednesday’s auto bomb attack, said French minister Marielle de Sarnez, who added there were no signs at this stage of any French victims.The handwriting is on the wall: Whether it’s a strategically sound policy or not, it’s likely the Trump administration will authorize the Pentagon to deploy an additional three thousand to five thousand USA troops to Afghanistan to ostensibly prevent the Taliban from capturing more territory.According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), in 2016 61 percent of civilian casualties were attributed to militant groups in Afghanistan, primarily the Taliban and the Afghanistan Islamic State-affiliate.”Our thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims”.US President Donald Trump is due to decide soon on a recommendation to send 3,000 to 5,000 more troops to bolster the small North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training force and US counter-terrorism mission now totalling just over 10,000.The U.S ambassador Hugo Llorens said in a statement: “The terrorists, and those who provide them support in any form, deserve the utter scorn of all civilized people around the world”. “At first, I thought Kabul has been hit by an natural disaster”, said taxi driver Mohammad Yasin, 29. The blast shattered all windows of the Indian embassy.Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed eight civilians in an attack on a convoy of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation armoured personnel vehicles.US and Afghan forces have been battling the Taliban insurgency for more than 15 years. Indian staff at the embassy are safe, reports said. “More than 50 vehicles were either destroyed or damaged”, it said in a statement.”The US Embassy does not appear to have been the target of the blast”, a spokesperson said, and referred questions on casualties to the Afghanistan government.Germany has had troops in Afghanistan for 15 years, primarily concentrated in the north in and around Mazar-e-Sharif. Their injuries are said to be non-life-threatening, the official noted.