Suicide Attack on India Consulate in Jalalabad Kills Nine
The Indian Consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city was today stormed by heavily-armed terrorists, including suicide bombers, killing nine persons including an Afghan security personnel and causing damage to the chancery. It is the fourth attack on the consulate since 2007.
External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said all Indians in the mission were safe and six terrorists, who carried out the attack, were dead. While two terrorists blew themselves up, four militants were killed by the Afghan National Police. However the Consulate was damaged in the attack.
“Indian Consulate in Jalalabad has been attacked. All Indians in the mission are safe but one ANP officer was killed during the gunfire.
“One suicide bomber blew himself up in front of the mission while another blew himself up along with the car which carried the attackers. Four terrorists were killed by the Afghan securitymen,” MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in New Delhi. He said the ministry has received an initial report of the attack and subsequent developments by the Afghan Army.
Eight civilians have been killed in the crossfire, the Indian security sources said based on primary reports from the attack site. They said there were as many as 1,320 explosions including bomb and grenade blasts during a nearly two-hour gunbattle.
The initial onslaught was countered by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) which was later joined by the Afghan securitymen. According to Provincial Police Chief Fazel Ahmad Shirzad, one suicide bomber detonated his explosives near the front gate of the Consulate to open the way for other attackers.
“Four other attackers were killed after half an hour clashes with the security forces,” he was quoted as saying by the TOLO news.