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Rocket Lands Inside Indian Embassy in Kabul, No Injuries Reported

According to sources, the rocket landed in the volleyball court of the compound.

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Indian embassy in Kabul. (Photo Courtesy: <a href="http://eoi.gov.in/kabul/?2632?00005">Embassy of India, Kabul</a>)

On Tuesday, a rocket landed inside the Indian Embassy in Kabul – India House – but there were no reports of any injury, External Affairs Ministry sources said.

According to sources, the rocket landed in the volleyball court of the compound. Apart from the Indian Ambassador's residence, other mission staff also stay inside the premises.

Speaking to Republic TV, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Manpreet Vohra said, “Staff and diplomats in the Indian Embassy are safe [...] The scale of terrorism has increased in the last month.”

The incident took place at about 11:15 am, according to local reports. Sirens and warnings of "incoming" missiles sounded in a number of embassies, followed by a dull thump as the rocket exploded.

Notoriously inaccurate, rockets are on 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.

Blast Coincides With Launch of 'Kabul Process'

The rocket struck when only a few blocks away, representatives of about two dozen international delegations met to discuss efforts to end violence, as part of the ‘Kabul Process’.

Speaking at the meeting, Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said:

Afghanistan is suffering undeclared war of aggression from Pakistan.

The attack comes amid extremely tight security in the Afghan capital, following deadly explosions last week, when a huge truck bomb detonated outside the gates leading to the fortified diplomatic area, killing more than 150 Afghans and wounding hundreds.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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