6 Killed as Blast Hits Near Foreign Consulates in East Afghan City of Jalalabad
Afghan security personnel look on after a second explosion following a suicide attack outside a bank in Jalalabad on April 18, 2015. A suicide bomber killed at least 33 people and wounded 100 others in an attack on April 18 outside a bank in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad, provincial officials said. AFP
A bomb attacked has rocked the vicinity of the Pakistani consulate in the eastern Afghanistan city of Jalalabad, killing at least six people.
Two policemen were among the fatalities of the Wednesday blast, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, Najib Danish, confirmed, adding that two more policemen also wounded in the explosion.
“The incident occurred near the Pakistani consulate, but we are not sure if it was the intended target,” he said.
Earlier, Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor, said a bomber had detonated his explosives after being prevented from entering the building.
Afghan security forces were, meanwhile, reported to be trading fire with gunmen barricaded in a house near the consulate after the explosion.
The incidents come as the two countries are partaking in four-way talks, also involving the United States and China, in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad to revive stalled peace talks with the Taliban.