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Won’t be deterred from Afghan development efforts- India
August 3, 2013, 5:49 pm

 The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack [Xinhua]

The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack [Xinhua]

Twelve people were killed in the deadly attack targeting the Indian Consulate in Jalalabad city in Afghanistan even as India asserted it “will not be deterred from reconstruction and development efforts” in the war-ravaged country.

Eight children were among those killed in Saturday’s attack, local Nangarhar province police chief General Sharif Amin said.

“This was clearly an attack not just against India but an attack against the efforts to help the Afghan people overcome the tragic hardships they have endured due to several decades of war,” said India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin.

The Taliban has denied responsibility for the attack.

“Our fighters have not carried out any attack in Jalalabad,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid was quoted by AFP.

The death toll of twelve included the bombers while twenty four people have been injured.

Three bombers drove in a car towards the consulate and detonated explosives that created a large crater at a security check post just ahead of the consulate.

This is the second strike on the Indian Consulate which was earlier attacked in 2007.

The Indian Embassy in Kabul had also been attacked in 2008 and 2009.

“We wish to express our grief and condolences to the families of the innocent Afghan civilians who also lost their lives during this attack,” Akbaruddin said on Saturday.

Afghanistan’s foreign minister Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul assured his Indian counterpart Salman Khurshid on Saturday that his country is “determined to counter efforts of those inimical to Indo-Afghan friendship”.

Source: Agencies