Indian consulate in Jalalabad not target of blast in Afghanistan: New Delhi

Kabul/New Delhi: An explosion took place on Tuesday today 400 metres away from the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan's Jalalabad city, two days after the country's mission was attacked by terrorists in Mazar-i-Sharif.

"The explosives were placed in a garbage can," said Ataullah Khogyani, a spokesman for Nangarhar province's governor, adding that a police convoy had been passing when the blast went off. A police spokesman said investigators were trying to determine the target.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

However, official sources in New Delhi said the reports suggested that the mission was not the target of the blast. Further details about the explosion were awaited, they said.

"The Indian Consulate was not the target," a source said dismissing reports that the explosion was targeted at the Indian mission.

"Pakistan Consul General's house in Jalalabad was closer to the blast site than the Indian mission which was 400 metres away," the source said.

An intense 25-hour gun-battle between security forces and terrorists outside the Indian Consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif came to end on Monday night with the killing of all the attackers who attempted to storm the Mission building.

While three of the attackers were killed in the gunfight earlier, the remaining were neutralised by the night.

A group of terrorists had attacked the consulate on Sunday night with an aim of storming the building but their plan was thwarted by the security forces.

With inputs from AFP and PTI

Published Date: Jan 05, 2016 15:26 PM | Updated Date: Jan 05, 2016 15:26 PM

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