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Heres what we know about the Jalalabad suicide attack near the Indian consulate
news Terror attack Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 12:43

Six persons were killed on Wednesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a distance of 200 meters from the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.

 No Indians have been reportedly injured.

There was heavy firing between Afghan security forces and terrorists and a series of explosions were also heard in the area.

It is believed that the suicide bomber joined a group of people who were seeking visas to go to Pakistan and triggered the explosion when he was refused entry to the Pakistani consulate, which is located near the Indian mission.

 Following the explosion, residents of the locality and children from a nearby school have been evacuated.

 Ground reports suggest that the main target of the attack was not the Indian consulate and all Indians are reported to be safe. The area of the explosion may have been chosen keeping in mind the several foreign missions that are located in the vicinity.

On Monday, there were media reports, which said that the Afghan national security forces had foiled a deadly terrorist attack plot by the Taliban in the city.

Incidentally, it is the third attack in 10 days near Indian missions in Afghanistan. It was earlier reported that an Afghan police officer had said that the attacks on the Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif on January 3 were carried out by Pakistani army officers.

These attacks come against the backdrop of peace talks between the Taliban and Afghanistan government.


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