Blast near Pakistan consulate in Afghanistan leaves four dead
Jan 13, Kabul: At least four people were killed and several others wounded in the attack near the Pakistan consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
Afghan security forces exchanged fire with gunmen barricaded in a house after a suicide bomber targeted a police patrol nearby, officials have said.
The bomber had tried to join a queue of people seeking visas to Pakistan and blew himself up after being prevented from entering the building, Attaullah Khogyani, the provincial governor's spokesman, said.
According to the media reports, after the suicide attack, gunmen entered an empty house near the consulate and began firing. "However, the staff at the Pakistani consulate is safe and no one is hurt. Security forces have surrounded the building,” Al Jazeera news report said.
The Pakistani consulate is near the Indian consulate, a hospital and schools, and is usually busy during morning rush hour as people queue for visas.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for Wednesday's attack.
The attack comes two days after Islamabad hosted a meeting of representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States to restart a peace process with the Taliban.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has a presence in the province, having fought with Taliban gunmen in recent months to take control of at least four border districts.
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