IS in Afghanistan claim Pakistan consulate attack, 7 killed
JALALABAD (92 News) – At least three Daesh terrorists have on Wednesday attacked Pakistan’s consulate in the Afghanistan’s Jalalabad, killing seven police officers.
The local branch of Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement distributed online.
The attack, which took place during the busy morning hours as visa applicants lined up near the consulate, began after a suicide bomber detonated explosives in his vest near a police vehicle, witnesses said. Then two gunmen wearing police uniforms entered the guesthouse and began a firefight.
During the fighting, Afghan security forces found explosives in two other areas on the street and detonated them.
The assault is the latest in a wave of urban violence striking major cities in Afghanistan, where attacks have increased since the start of 2016. The targets have included a restaurant in Kabul frequented by expatriates; the Indian Consulate in the northern province of Balkh; and a house in Jalalabad that had been the residence of a Pakistani diplomat but was vacant.
According to Afghan Interior Minister, the Afghan security forces killed all attackers, while seven Afghan security forces officials were killed in the attack.