KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — A suicide car bomb attack near the Indian Embassy killed at least 12 people and wounded 60 others on Thursday, officials said.
Officials at the embassy said the attacker was targeting their offices. A similar attack last year killed at least 58 people.
The bomb went off about 8:30 a.m., just as offices and shops were opening for the day.
Of the 12 killed, all but one were civilians, the Interior Ministry said. The 12th victim was an Afghan police officer.
The embassy is in the center of Kabul, in a shop-lined street across from the Interior Ministry and several other government buildings.
The blast damaged a security checkpoint outside the the embassy, said staffer J.P. Singh, but “there were no casualties on the Indian side.”
The explosion shattered car windows and toppled restaurant walls. Paramedics dug through twisted metal and debris, looking for survivors.
A statement from President Hamid Karzai’s office called the blast an obvious assault on civilians and said “the perpetrators of this attack and those who planned it were vicious terrorists who killed innocent people for their malicious goals.”
About a year ago, another suicide car bomb detonated outside the embassy. Among the 58 people killed in the July 7 attack were two Indian diplomats and 14 students at a nearby school.
More than 100 were wounded in that blast.
Afghan and Indian officials accused Pakistan’s spy agency of involvement in that attack. Pakistan denied the accusation.
– CNN’s Atia Abawi in Kabul, Afghanistan, and Harmeet Shah Singh in New Delhi, India, contributed to this report.