New Delhi: Clarifying that there were no Indian casualties, India Wednesday said it was closely monitoring the situation in Kabul after eight people were killed and 17 injured in suicide bombings and a gunbattle in the Afghan capital.
The brazen attacks were mounted after US President Barack Obama left Kabul following a previously unannounced visit during which he signed a strategic partnership agreement with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.
“No reports of any Indians amongst casualties in Kabul,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said in a tweet on microblogging site Twitter.
“There were at least two suicide car bombings near a logistic camp named Green Village run by foreigners in Pul-i-Charkhi area this (Wednesday) morning,” a police source told Xinhua.
He said the dead include a foreign security guard, five civilians and two suicide bombers.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack that occurred at about 6.15 a.m.
The area was cordoned off by security forces and police were on high alert across Kabul while several helicopters hovered over the area.
Meanwhile, the Indian embassy in Kabul is monitoring the situation and is in regular touch with the external affairs ministry in New Delhi, he said.
The terror strikes in Kabul took place a day after the foreign ministers of India and Afghanistan held talks here to deepen security and counter-terror cooperation.