DAESH claims attacks near Pakistan consulate in Afghanistan

DAESH claims suicide attack near Pakistan consulate in Afghan city, as heavy clashes leave seven members of security forces dead

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers inspect a damaged building after a blast near the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan January 13, 2016.

DAESH terror organisation has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack near the Pakistani consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday that was followed by heavy clashes between terrorists and security forces lasting several hours.

Afghan officials said the three attackers and at least seven members of the security forces died during the attack. Two of them were killed in a gun battle following the explosion, where they barricaded a house near the Pakistan consulate.

"Seven of our security forces were killed and seven others wounded as a result of the terrorist attack," interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi tweeted four hours after the attack started.

DAESH said on its official Telegram messaging service channel that three terrorists wearing suicide-bomb vests had conducted the attack and claimed dozens of people, including the death of "several Pakistani intelligence officers." 

It said that two suicide attackers had been killed, while a third escaped.

According to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, the suicide bomber tried to join a queue of people expecting to get visas to Pakistan and then blew himself up after being stopped by security to enter the building.

Heavy gunfire and a number of blasts could be heard and residents and children from a nearby school were evacuated, witnesses said.

"I was sitting here and saw two people arrive on a motorbike in this area, one of them got out of the motorbike and opened fire on police. They were dressed with police uniforms and carrying ammunition. We escaped," attack eyewitness, Jan Mohammad said.

DAESH has a strong presence in Nangarhar, the province in which Jalalabad is located, where it has been battling the Taliban for leadership.

The latest in a wave of suicide attacks in Afghanistan comes as representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States and China restarted peace talks with the Taliban on Monday.

DAESH carries out suicide attack near Pakistan consulate in eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

The attack which took place outside the Pakistan's consulate is also near the Indian diplomatic mission.

Last week, three gunmen were killed after a 24-hour gun battle with Afghan Special Forces, following an attack on the Indian consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i Sharif.

Tensions remain high between India and Pakistan since the attack on its consulate and on an Indian Air Base that killed seven Indian military personnel near their border. India said the attacks were carried out by Pakistan-based militants.

Both attacks had happened days after Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi went on a historic visit to Kabul and Islamabad, in an attempt to make a step to end the longstanding hostility in the region.

TRTWorld and agencies