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Embassy blast all too familiar for residents

world Updated: Oct 09, 2009 01:39 IST

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Ahmad Farid, a shopkeeper in Afghanistan’s ravaged capital, still bears an angry red scar on his face from last year’s suicide attack on the Indian embassy.

On Thursday, he and other residents of Kabul began their day to the sound of another massive car bomb, which killed and maimed scores of their compatriots near the mission.

“Look at my face — this is from the last Indian embassy bombing and now here we have another explosion,” Farid said, shaking his head.

Government ministries say at least 12 people were killed and 84 wounded.

Just after 8.30 am (local time) on Thursday, a huge blast rocked the city, as a suicide car bomber tried to drive his vehicle along one of the most secure roads in Kabul’s government and diplomatic district.

A huge plume of smoke and dust pinpointed the blast to the Indian embassy, the scene in July last year of what remains the biggest and deadliest blast in the capital, which left 60 dead and scores more injured.

By the time the dust cleared, the road was carpeted with the debris of the thick concrete walls erected outside the embassy to bolster its defences.

“I saw a school student killed, lying on the roadside with his abdomen open and his intestines hanging out… It was a horrible picture,” Mohammad Zakir, a shopkeeper said.