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Suicide Attack Targets Indian Consulate in Afghanistan

Security officials conduct investigation at the scene of suicide bomb attacks in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Aug. 3, 2013.
Security officials conduct investigation at the scene of suicide bomb attacks in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Aug. 3, 2013.
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Three suicide car bombers attacked the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad Saturday, leaving at least nine people dead and 23 others injured. Children, who were inside a nearby mosque, are among the dead.
 
Authorities say guards stopped the car as it approached a checkpoint outside the consulate, and that after two of the men jumped out of the vehicle, gunfire erupted. They say the third attacker stayed inside the car and detonated the bomb. All three assailants were killed in the attack that left the mosque, private homes and shops in the area badly damaged.
 
The Taliban denied responsibility for the blast.
 
India strongly condemned the assault. Without assigning blame, it said in a written statement, "This attack has once again highlighted the main threat to Afghanistan's security and stability stems from terrorism."
 
India's Ministry of External Affairs said all Indian officials in the consulate were safe.
 
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki issued a written statement late Saturday, saying the United States "condemns in strongest terms" the attack which took the lives of innocent civilians, including women and children. The statement said that despite the attack, the U.S. remains committed "to working with our Afghan, Indian and other international partners to build a secure and prosperous Afghanistan free from senseless violence."
 
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: GoodSamaritan from: Los Angeles, CA
August 03, 2013 1:42 PM
Why Indians? What have they done wrong?
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by: Eric from: Connecticut
August 03, 2013 2:26 PM
What have any children, anywhere, done wrong?
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by: d from: Houston
August 03, 2013 2:25 PM
This attack was most likely planned and executes by Pakistani Intelligence Agency (ISI). Since India is helping US and Afghan Govt t bring stability and peace, and also building Hospitals, Schools, Power station, TV/Radio Station and more for social economic development in country, India is the biggest Donor/Helper after US, Pakistan wants to keep control over AFGHAN TALIBAN to fight indirect war against India over Kashmir issue. Taliban in Afghanistan provides free fighter to Pakistan to fight Jihad against India

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