WEB DESK: Seven dead as troops end siege near Pakistan’s Afghan consulate in Jalalabad, Aaj News reported.
Earlier, an explosion and gunfire were heard close to the Pakistani consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Wednesday,Aaj News reported.
No militant group has yet claimed the responsibility of the attack yet, said Afghan journalist told the channel. Combat is still in the under process as the premise is still closed for public and media.
“The incident occurred near the Pakistani consulate, but we are not sure if it was the intended target.”
Three attackers are still in Pakistani consulate, alleges Afghani media
Indian interests have been targeted twice this month in spectacular assaults: an attack on its consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, and a raid by Islamist insurgents on an air force base in the northern Indian state of Punjab.
A small bomb also exploded near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad last Tuesday, but no casualties were reported.
The latest attack comes close on the heels of four-country talks in Islamabad aimed at reviving stalled peace talks with the Taliban.
The talks between representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States and China on Monday came even as the insurgents wage an unprecedented winter campaign of violence.
Local Afghan officials said they were investigating the incident outside the consulate, which is near the Indian diplomatic mission.