12 dead as blast targets Kabul's Indian embassy.
"As a result of a suicide car bomb attack today, 12 people were martyred and 83 were wounded. Most of the casualties are civilians," Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary said.
In a statement, Afghan President Hamid Karzai called the perpetrators "barbaric" and said: "This is a terrorist attack, and an obvious attack on defenceless Afghan civilians."
Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said in New Delhi that his country's fortress-like embassy was "obviously" the intended target.
Rao said no Indians were killed in the blast, but three members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force who were guarding the embassy had received shrapnel injuries.
A similar suicide attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul in July 2008 killed 60 people and was blamed on Taliban, sending tensions between New Delhi and Islamabad soaring.
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|Date:||Oct 8, 2009|
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