Indian Consulate in Afghanistan bombed

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A huge blast Wednesday occurred outside Indian consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, injuring eight people, authorities said.

According to the reports, the blast caused damage to Indian consulate building. At least eight people have been injured in the blast. A grenade was reportedly lobbed inside the compound of the consulate.

At least eight vehicles have been damaged in the blast and firing is still continued. According to Afghan media reports, the blast believed to be a suicide attack, occurred around noon (local time). Two blasts occurred outside Indian consulate and embassies of other countries, the authorities added.

The blasts shattered windowpanes of nearby buildings.

As gunfire rang out, security forces in armored vehicles were seen moving to the scene while civilians fled.

No militant group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.

Several warning shots were also fired by the security force personnel.

The violence is the latest in a spate that started at the start of 2016, a tough year for Afghanistan as insurgents are expected to escalate attacks in order to enter any peace negotiations from a position of strength.

The attack follows a suicide attack on the nearby Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad in January. The Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif city was besieged for more than 24 hours. During the first week of January, a restaurant frequented by foreigners in Kabul and a contractor camp on the outskirts of the capital were attacked.

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