Afghan police say suicide bombers kill 9 in botched attack on Indian consulate in east

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Security officials say three suicide attackers killed at least nine civilians, most of them children, in a botched attack on the Indian consulate in an eastern Afghan city near the border with Pakistan.

Police fired on the militants as they approached a checkpoint near the consulate in Jalalabad today, prompting one of them to set off their explosives-laden car. The blast killed nine bystanders, and wounded another 24 people including a policeman.

All three attackers also died, although it was not clear how many were killed by police fire and how many by the explosion.

India’s External Affairs Ministry says that Indian officials in the consulate were safe.

The Taliban is denying that it had carried out the attack. Smaller militant groups based in Pakistan have targeted Indian interests in Afghanistan in the past.

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