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Newsline: Attack on Pakistan consulate kills 7 in Afghanistan

A branch of the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for an attack Wednesday on Pakistan’s Consulate in eastern Afghanistan that killed at least seven members of the Afghan security forces. The attack in Jalalabad, the capital of the volatile Nangarhar province that borders Pakistan, started when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives vest outside the diplomatic mission, said Attaullah Khyogani, spokesman for the province’s governor. The explosion triggered a gunbattle between Afghan security forces and the militants. Along with the policemen killed, seven people were also wounded in the attack, Khyogani added. He said all three attackers were killed, including the suicide bomber. The two gunmen, who later took positions in a guesthouse close to the consulate, were killed hours later, Khyogani said. Hazrat Hussein Mashraqiwal, the spokesman for the provincial police chief, said three police and two intelligence officers were among the killed and three civilians were among the wounded.



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