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Rocket Lands Inside Indian Embassy Premises In Kabul, All Employees Safe

| January 16 , 2018 , 08:38 IST

A rocket landed inside the premises of the Indian Embassy in Kabul, clipping the tops of the ITBP barracks located inside the embassy, however, all the mission staff are safe, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Monday night.

In a tweet, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed that there were no casualties and that all the Indians and the local staff were safe.

"Kabul - A rocket has landed in our Chancery compound in Kabul. The rocket has clipped the top of the three storied ITBP barracks. There are no casualties. All Indians and staff are safe," Swaraj tweeted.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar also tweeted on the incidents, saying that minor damage was casued to a structure near the rear side of the Embassy compound, but there was no fire or casualties.

"A rocket landed in the premises of our Embassy in Kabul a while ago causing minor damage to a structure at rear side of the Embassy compound. No fire or casualties. Our Charge d' Affaires informs that all Embassy employees are safe," he tweeted.

According to reports, it is not yet clear whether the Indian Embassy in Kabul was the direct target of the attack, as it is located in the high-security diplomatic zone of the Afghan capital.

Despite Kabul being the capital of Afghanistan, it is frequently rocked by terrorist attacks, including suicide bombings.

On October 8, 2009, the Indian Embassy of Kabul was the target of a suicide bombing attack, resulting in the death of 17 people, and injury of 63. Within hours of the attack, the Taliban terrorist group claimed responsibility, confirming that the Indian Embassy had been the target, due to India's economic aid to the Afghani government.