Six dead in Blast near Pakistani Consulate
KABUL: At least six people have been reported dead in an explosion that hit the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday close to foreign consulates including Pakistan, India and Iran, witnesses told media.
According to Afghan news agency Pajhwok, it was suicide blast which took place just 200 meters away from a building owned by Pakistani embassy. The target was a police vehicle however all two dead people and two injured were civilians.
Rescue teams and law enforcement agencies rushed to the blast site immediately. The area has been completely cordoned off.
Witnesses said heavy gunfire and a series of explosions could be heard and residents and children from a nearby school had been evacuated.
Security sources told Afghanistan's Tolo News that four policemen were killed and three school children injured in the suicide bombing. They added that a gunbattle is underway.
The consulates of India, Pakistan and Iran are located a few hundred meters away from the blast site. The offices of Afghan TV and Radio stations are also located in the same area.
This is second time in a week when a blast has taken place near consulates buildings in Jalalabad city. Earlier the attack engulfed a Spanish embassy killing at least 10 people.
The blast comes just a week before the four-nation meeting due in Kabul, a plan to hold talks between Afghan government and Taliban insurgents.
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