Militants attack Indian consulate in Afghanistan 

Kabul, March 2 (IANS) Militants on Wednesday attacked the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad city, causing unspecified casualties, media reports said.

The attack, involving at least one suspected suicide bomber, took place around noon, causing panic in the area. Civilians fled from the site while security forces engaged gunmen, police officers said.

Journalists at the site reported explosions and gunfire. Security forces moved in armoured vehicles.

AFP quoted an Indian diplomat as saying: “Our consulate has been targeted but everyone is safe.”

A shopkeeper near the consulate told the news agency that he saw several injured people lying around the area after a “big boom” shattered his windows.

The area is also home to other diplomatic missions.

“We cannot provide details on casualties. There is fear of possible casualties, both civilian and security personnel,” Xinhua quoted a police official as saying.

The nature of the blast might have been group attack or complex assault, involving several attackers, Xinhua news agency reported.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

In January, the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly gun and bomb siege targeting the nearby Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, the first major attack by the group in an Afghan city.

The attack comes ahead of direct peace talks this week between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here