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Car Bomb Outside Indian Embassy in Kabul Kills at Least 17

Victims of the explosion receive treatment at a hospital in Kabul. The car bombing injured more than 60 people.
Victims of the explosion receive treatment at a hospital in Kabul. The car bombing injured more than 60 people. (By Altaf Qadri -- Associate Press)

"My house is totally broken, but thank God I am okay," said Sayid Ishaq Gilani, a lawmaker who lives nearby and was visibly rattled.

The Swedish and Indonesian embassies are also near the blast site. An employee at the Indonesian Embassy said he was playing tennis at the time of the explosion. During last year's bombing outside the Indian Embassy, he said, his office window was shattered and glass cut his left arm.

"We are really not safe here next to the Indian Embassy," he said.

At least 18 of the injured people went to the Ali Abad Hospital nearby, according to doctors. Golam Sakhih, 46, a gardener at a hotel near the bomb site, had shards of glass in his leg.

"Every year, year by year, security is getting worse in Kabul," he said.

Correspondents Karin Brulliard in Kabul and Rama Lakshmi in New Delhi and special correspondent Javed Hamdard in Kabul contributed to this report.


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