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12 dead as blast targets Kabul's Indian embassy.

A huge suicide car bomb struck near the Indian embassy in Kabul on Thursday, killing at least 12 people and injuring 83 in the latest in a wave of deadly attacks on the Afghan capital, officials said.<p>Windows were blown from dozens of shops and survivors staggered around the bloodied streets in the heavily fortified fortified (fôrt´fīd),
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"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 adj. 1. same as defenseless; as, a defenceless child s>.

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 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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