Embassy suicide blast all too familiar for Kabul residents

Last Updated: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 18:53

Kabul: Ahmad Farid, a shopkeeper in
Afghanistan`s ravaged capital, still bears an angry red scar on his face from last year`s suicide attack on the Indian embassy.

On Thursday he and other war-weary residents of Kabul
began their day to the sound of another massive car bomb,
which killed and maimed scores of their compatriots near the

"Look at my face -- this is from the last Indian
embassy bombing and now here we have another explosion," Farid
said, shaking his head.

Just after 8.30 am (local time) today, a huge blast
rocked the city, as a suicide car bomber tried to drive his
vehicle along one of the most secure roads in Kabul`s
government and diplomatic district.

A huge plume of smoke and dust pinpointed the blast to
the Indian embassy, the scene in July last year of what
remains the biggest and deadliest blast in the capital, which
left 60 dead and scores more injured.

By the time the dust cleared today, the road was
carpeted with the debris of the thick concrete walls erected
outside the embassy to bolster its defences.

Burned-out cars, bicycles, and remnants of clothing
worn by the dead and injured littered the rubble. Government
ministries say at least 12 people were killed and 84 wounded.

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First Published: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 18:53

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