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Blast rocks Indian consulate in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 03, 2013 - 01:03

Aug 3 - A least six people are killed when a car bomb explodes outside an Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Jalalabad. Andrew Raven reports.

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Wounded are rushed to a hospital in the Afghan city of Jalabad following a deadly suicide bombing. At least six people were killed and 22 hurt when a car bomb exploded outside an Indian consulate in this troubled eastern centre. Gunshots rang out around the site of the attack for at least an hour, as police blocked off roads and civilians scurried for cover. Officials said nearly all the casualties were civilians, many of whom were in a nearby mosque. The blast - which happened Saturday - followed a warning from the United States that Al Qaeda could be planning attacks in the Middle East and North Africa. The area around Jalalabad, though, has long been a hotbed of insurgent activity. On Friday, a five-hour battle between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters left dozens dead.

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Blast rocks Indian consulate in Afghanistan

Saturday, August 03, 2013 - 01:03