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Newsline: Attack against Indian consulate in Afghanistan kills 2

At least two civilians have been killed in an attempted car bomb attack on the Indian consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad, an Afghan official said. Another 19 civilians were wounded in the suicide bombing. He says all five attackers were killed, said Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, where Jalalabad is the capital. An official at the Indian embassy in Kabul, Anil Kumar, said all consulate staff members are safe. The front wall of the well-fortified consulate building had not been breached, he said. No group has yet claimed responsibility. The attack follows a similar incident outside the nearby Pakistani consulate in January, which killed one person. Indian facilities in Afghanistan have long been vulnerable to insurgent violence, with a number of deadly attacks on the embassy in Kabul, as well as Indian-financed hospitals and other projects, claiming many lives in recent years.



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