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Rocket hits Indian embassy in Kabul, truck-bomb toll rises to more than 150

  • Published at 11:15 am June 6th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:31 pm June 6th, 2017
Rocket hits Indian embassy in Kabul, truck-bomb toll rises to more than 150

A rocket struck an Indian diplomatic compound in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Tuesday, causing no casualties, police said, as representatives of about two dozen international delegations met a kilometre or so away to discuss efforts to end violence.

Sirens and warnings of "incoming" missiles sounded in a number of embassies, followed by a dull thump as the rocket exploded.

Police said no one was injured in the blast, which struck a tennis court, a few blocks away from where the Indian ambassador and other foreign dignitaries were meeting with senior Afghan officials.

A Taliban Twitter account said the group had targeted a "command centre of foreign invading forces" with a "missile".

Notoriously inaccurate, rockets are an occasion fired into the city, often towards the fortified downtown area that houses not only the Indian embassy, but a number of other foreign delegations, the headquarters of the international military mission and Afghan government ministries.

On May 31, a huge truck bomb detonated outside gates leading to the fortified area, killing more than 150 Afghans and wounding hundreds.

"We were not the only targets, the entire diplomatic community was the target of this attack," Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told foreign diplomats gathered for a conference in Kabul.

That blast caused serious damage to the German embassy and lighter damage to the Indian and other embassies nearby.

Several protesters were killed in clashes with police on Friday, and at least a dozen people were killed when suicide bombers attacked the funeral for one of the dead protesters on Saturday.

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