A huge explosion has occurred near the Indian consulate in Afghanistan ' s eastern province of Nangarhar, killing at least eight people and injuring 20 others.
The incident took place on Saturday in Jalalabad, the capital city of Nangarhar Province. Officials have confirmed only three deaths. "A car containing explosives hit a barrier near the consulate and detonated," Ahmadzia Abdulzai, Nangarhar province spokesman said, adding, “Three civilians were killed and about 20 were wounded.” Syed Akbaruddin, a spokesman for the Indian foreign ministry in New Delhi, also confirmed that the explosion had been "in front" of the consulate, saying that all officials were safe. No group has yet claimed responsibility, but the Afghan government often blames the Taliban militants for similar attacks in the war-torn country. There has been a surge in the number of militants’ assaults against Afghan forces, foreign troops, and civilians in the war-torn country in recent months. US-led troops and Afghan forces are falling prey to Taliban attacks on an almost daily basis. On Thursday, seven family members were killed and three others wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Maiwand district of Kandahar Province in the troubled southern Afghanistan. Over a decade of the costly US-led war in Afghanistan has failed to end militancy in the country and the US, which has thousands of troops on the ground in Afghanistan, is now trying to sit down for talks with Taliban militants. The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains across the country.