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Suicide bombers attack Indian consulate in Afghanistan

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An Afghani police officer at the scene of the bomb attack in Jalalabad on August 3, 2013
An Afghani police officer at the scene of the bomb attack in Jalalabad on August 3, 2013 REUTERS/Parwiz

Three suicide bombers have killed at least nine civilians, seven of them children, in a failed attack on the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. As they approached a checkpoint near the consulate, their explosive-laden vehicle denotated after police fired at them.  A spokesperson for the Taliban immediately denied any responsibility for the attack, which ripped through a mosque, residences and nearby shops - injuring another 21 civilians. The Indian Foreign Ministry in New Delhi said on Twitter that all its officials were safe after the attack. India has been a key supporter of Kabul's post-Taliban government -- providing almost two billion euros in aid. RFI spoke to a leading expert from the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network on tensions in the country, which will persist long after international troops withdraw from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

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