KABUL  - A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-filled car into the gates of the Indian embassy in Afghanistan on Monday, killing 41 people including four Indian nationals and wounding 141 others, officials said. The blast in the heart of Kabul scattered human flesh and severed limbs outside the embassy of India, one of Afghanistan's staunchest allies as the war-torn country battles an increasingly bloody Taliban insurgency. According to the Hindu, India is rushing a high-level team, headed by Nalin Surie, Secretary (West) in the Ministry of External Affairs, to Kabul to assess the "emergency" situation there. Defence Attache Brigadier R D Mehta and Counsellor Venkateswara Rao were killed when the suicide bomber targeted the embassy early Monday morning, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, told reporters in New Delhi. The two other two Indians killed in the attack were identified as ITBP personnel Ajai Pathania and Roop Singh. A fifth employee of the Indian Embassy Niamutullah, killed in the blast, was a local Afghan. A spokesman for the Taliban however denied the movement was involved in the attack, the deadliest in Kabul since the insurgency began after the "We have not done this," spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said. Indian Ambassador Jayan Prasad, who was not hurt in the attack, confirmed to AFP reports that four Indian nationals were among the dead. The Indian Foreign Ministry in New Delhi said meanwhile that two Indian paramilitary troopers guarding the embassy were killed in what the Afghan Interior Ministry said was a suicide car bombing. "The embassy has been blown up badly, the outer structures," another embassy official said on condition of anonymity. "We are walking on rubble." Reporters were held back from the scene but an AFP correspondent saw a mound of rubble at the gate of the facility, which is close to the Interior Ministry. The powerful morning rush-hour blast sent a plume of brown smoke into the air and could be heard across the city centre. It shattered the windows of shops several hundred metres away, the correspondent said. "The toll of casualties we have so far is 41 martyred and 139 wounded. Among those killed are six policemen," Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Zemarai Bashary told AFP. The body of one of the diplomats was flung onto the roof of the embassy and only found hours later, officials said. About 10 Afghan police officers in charge of embassy security were among the dead and wounded, another Interior Ministry official Najib Nikzad told reporters near the scene. Many of the dead were Afghans collecting Indian visas. The nearby Indonesian embassy was also damaged and five Afghan security guards and two Indonesian diplomats were hurt, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was quoted as saying in Jakarta. Afghan Health Ministry spokesman Abdullah Fahim said earlier hospitals had reported they had 28 bodies and had treated 141 wounded. Afghan Foreign Minister Rangeen Dadfar Spanta visited the embassy soon after the attack to show support, his spokesman Sultan Ahmad Baheen said. "The enemies of Afghanistan and India's relationship cannot hamper our relationship by conducting such attacks," Baheen told AFP. The embassy in the last several days beefed up security by installing large, dirt-filled blast walls often used by military forces. But the power of the explosion, which reverberated throughout Kabul, still crumbled a front wall, and several shops across the street were destroyed. Smouldering ruins and wounded Afghans covered the street. Shortly after the blast a woman ran out of a Kabul hospital screaming, crying and hitting her face with both of her hands. Her two children, a girl named Lima and a boy named Mirwais, had been killed. According to the National Post newspaper, several nearby shops were damaged or destroyed in the blast, and smouldering ruins covered the street. "Several shopkeepers have died. I have seen shopkeepers under the rubble," said Ghulam Dastagir, a shopkeeper who was wounded in the blast. "We have 41 people martyred," said the official, who declined to be named. "India and Afghanistan have a deep relationship between each other. Such attacks of the enemy will not harm our relations," Spanta told the embassy staff, according to Baheen. The Indian ambassador and his deputy were not inside the Embassy at the time of the blast, Baheen said. The Ministry of External Affairs confirmed to CNN-IBN that the Embassy was the target of the attack. According to The Hindu, Mukherjee held an urgent meeting with Defence Minister A K Antony and senior officials of the MEA and the Defence Ministry soon after the blast to assess the situation. "We decided to rush a high-level team to Kabul to tackle the 'emergency' situation concerning our mission," the Minister said. About 3,000 Indians are working on various reconstruction and developmental projects in Afghanistan and they have often been subjected to attacks by Taliban. Meanwhile, Condemnation blast, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer in Brussels called on all parties "to remain calm in the face of this provocation," in a statement from NATO heaquarters. "On behalf of NATO, I wholeheartedly condemn the bombing at the Indian embassy. The loss of life and injuries to so many is a tragedy, and a clear attempt to undermine regional relations," he said. Afghanistan's President, Hamid Karzai, immediately called Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to offer his personal condolences over the attack, which injured at least 140. Karzai said "enemies" of the strong friendship between Afghanistan and India were behind the embassy attack. "The president strongly condemned the terrorist attack against the Indian embassy in Kabul and considers it the work of enemies of Afghanistan-India friendship," a statement from his office said. The Indian government called an emergency meeting of defence, foreign and home ministry officials to discuss the security situation. Speaking in Japan, where was also attending the G8 summit, the Indian PM said he was "horrified" by the "dastardly attack on our embassy." "Those responsible, directly or indirectly, for this terrorist attack and making this possible are no better than the worst criminals," he said. "Such acts of terror will not deter us from fulfilling our commitments to the government and people of Afghanistan," a government statement in New Delhi promised. India's longtime foe, Pakistan, joined in the chorus of condemnation for the attack. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed his "profound condolences to the bereaved families," in a statement, adding: "Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations as this menace negates the very essence of human values." India's neighbour, Bangladesh, expressed its condolences after what it called "an inhumane and abominable attack." The European Union's External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said: "Terrorist attacks will never be a means to achieve anything." "I hope that the people behind this suicide attack will be found and brought to justice by the Afghan authorities." Germany, the third biggest contributor of NATO forces in Afghanistan, but whose presence there has provoked domestic disquiet, condemned the attack "in the strongest terms." "It is the aim of terrorists to prevent the establishment of orderly and democratic conditions in Afghanistan," Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in a statement. The foreign ministers of Sweden and Norway, which also have troops in Afghanistan, joined in condemning the blast.