August 5, 2013

Six Afghan Children Among Those Killed in Botched Attack on Indian Consulate

Bailey Cahall | The AfPak Channel | At least nine Afghan civilians were killed and 24 were injured in Jalalabad on Saturday when three militants attempting to attack the Indian consulate were stopped at a checkpoint and opened fire on a crowded street before detonating a car bomb that ripped through a nearby mosque.  Six of the victims were children who had been studying the Koran inside the mosque.  India's Foreign Ministry confirmed that none of the consulate's staff members had been killed, and there appeared to be no link between the attack and the al-Qaeda threat alert that shuttered dozens of U.S. embassies over the weekend.  Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Afghan Taliban, denied involvement in the attack, causing suspicion to instead fall upon several Pakistan-based terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba. 


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