No Indian injured in Kabul attackSeptember 13th, 2011 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi/Kabul, Sep 13 (IANS) India Tuesday condemned the attack by militants near the US embassy in Kabul and clarified that no Indian has been injured.
“India strongly condemns the incident. The attack is still going on. Security forces in that country are dealing with it,” said government sources in New Delhi.
“All Indians are safe. The attack is not targeted at India or Indian interests,” said the sources.
Around 4,000 Indians are in Afghanistan and are engaged in a host of reconstruction activities ranging from building roads and bridges to power stations. India has pledged $2 billion for reconstruction of the violence-torn country.
Six people were injured Tuesday afternoon in a fierce gun battle that broke out close to the US embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul, which was also rocked by five blasts.
“The incident happened in Char Rahi Abdul Haq area which is close to the US embassy and NATO-led ISAF headquarters,” an official told Xinhua, requesting anonymity.
The attackers have occupied a tall building and are apparently targeting the US embassy.
Video footage showed a wounded man being helped. Blood was pouring from his arm.
Security forces took up positions on the roads leading to the US embassy.
The first explosion took place at around 1.30 p.m. and it was quickly followed by the gun battle.
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