Suicide Attack Outside Indian Consulate In Jalalabad

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Jalalabad Explosions and gunfire have been reported near the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. Government sources say the consulate was the target of the suicide attack.

“Our consulate has been targeted but everyone is safe,” MEA spokesman Vikas Swarup said.

No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the ongoing assault.

The ITBP and Afghan security forces are engaged in a gunbattle with terrorists.

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

The blast shattered windows and doors in nearby buildings and destroyed at least eight cars, according to witnesses.

In January, Islamic State jihadists 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.

Nangarhar, of which Jalalabad is the capital, faces an emerging threat from loyalists of the Islamic State group, which controls territory across Syria and Iraq and is making gradual inroads in Afghanistan  challenging the Taliban on their own turf. India’s consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif was also attacked by insurgents in January.

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