Suicide bomb attack outside Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad
A suicide bomb attack followed by gunfire outside the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad resulted in the death of at least seven Afghani security personnel on Wednesday.
Witnesses said the suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Pakistani consulate and unidentified terrorists started gun firing after the bombing.
The explosion took place 200 meters away from the Indian consulate which houses important foreign missions.
The residents and children from the nearby school are evacuated due to the security reasons.
No terrorist groups immediately claimed the responsibility
Seven Afghani security forces are killed and seven are wounded while countering the terrorist attack, said Interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.
در نتیجه حمله تروریستی شهر جلال اباد 7 تن از نیرو های دلیرامنیتی کشورشهید و 7 تن دیگر شان زخمی شدند. با دادن جان شان از مردم خود دفاع کردند.
— Sediq Sediqqi (@moispokesman) January 13, 2016
The number of terrorists killed in the four hour long gun firing is still unclear.
This is the third attack reported for the past ten days targeted indian interests. Earlier, Indian consulate in Mazar-e- Sharif and an Air force base in Punjab were attacked by militants.
Afghan Police officials blamed Pakistani military officials for Mazar-e- Sharif attack. Sayed Kamal Sadat, Police chief of the Balk province said the attackers in Mazar-e- Shariff were well trained and educated military men from “across the border” and only by god’s grace afghani troops controlled them.
The attack comes two days after the Islamabad meeting by Indian, Afghan, Pakistan, China and US representatives aimed at restarting the peace process with the Taliban.
The series of attacks are increasing the diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan.