- Title: Turkey, China and France say their embassy staff unharmed in Kabul blast
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) DE SARNEZ WALKING DOWN STEPS AND STEPPING INTO CAR FRENCH AND EUROPEAN FLAG ANKARA, TURKEY (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER MEVLUT CAVUSOGLU AND SLOVENIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, KARL ERJAVEC ARRIVING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE REPORTERS LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER, MEVLUT CAVUSOGLU, SAYING: "As our embassy building is neighbouring (German and Indian) embassies, our embassy building was damaged in the blast but thankfully, nobody's wounded. A wooden piece that collapsed because of the damage fell on a local personnel. But nobody's wounded. We are thinking of evacuating part of our staff from the building as the embassy building needs to be repaired. CAVUSOGLU AND ERJAVEC SHAKING HANDS AND LEAVING ROOM BEIJING, CHINA (MAY 31, 2017) (REUTERS) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING WALKING IN FOR A REGULAR BRIEFING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN, HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "China strongly condemns this terrorist attack, we express our solemn condolences to the injured and the families of the dead. China opposes all forms of terrorism and is willing to work with Afghanistan and the international community together to strike against terrorism. According to our understanding the explosion led to our embassy suffering a certain degree of damage, fortunately all of the embassy employees are safe and sound." BRIEFING IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 12:53
- Keywords: Kabul bombing attack wounded embassy China France Turkey Ankara Beijing Paris
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE/ANKARA, TURKEY/BEIJING,CHINA
- City: PARIS, FRANCE/ANKARA, TURKEY/BEIJING,CHINA
- Country: Various
- Topics: Bombing (non-military),Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0046J65S93
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Representatives from China, France and Turkey said that their embassy personnel had not been hurt in the Kabul blast on Wednesday (May 31) although multiple buildings had been damaged by the explosion in the Afghan capital.
Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu said that they were thinking of evacuating part of their staff from the building because of the repairs that would be needed.
China's Foreign Ministry condemned the attack and said that they were willing 'to work with Afghanistan and the international community to together strike against terrorism.'
A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the centre of Kabul on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 80 people and wounding hundreds.
The victims appeared mainly to have been Afghan civilians.
The bomb, one of the deadliest in Kabul, comes at the start of the holy month of Ramadan.
- Copyright Holder: REUTERS
- Copyright Notice: (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017. Open For Restrictions - http://about.reuters.com/fulllegal.asp
- Usage Terms/Restrictions: None