Suicide Bombers Attack Indian Consulate In Afganistan

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from NPR,

A botched attack on an Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad has nine civilians dead in addition to the three suicide bombers, security officials say.

NPR’s Sean Carberry reports from Kabul that the Taliban has disclaimed responsibility for the bombing in which two-dozen people were also wounded.

Sean says the explosion occurred outside the consulate but that most of the victims were at a neighboring mosque. Two other attackers died in a gun battle with security forces.

The three bombers drove up in a car before detonating their explosives. It was unclear if the other two assailants were in the same car.

The attack comes after the U.S. issued a worldwide travel warning to Americans abroad and ordered several embassies closed amid reports of threats from al-Qaida.

The New York Times reported that the actions were prompted by intercepted electronic communications among senior al-Qaida operatives “in which the terrorists discussed attacks against American interests in the Middle East and North Africa”.

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