Kabul, Feb.26: At least nine Indians were among the 16 people killed as Taliban suicide bombers carried out a string of attacks in the heart of Kabul, in yet another incident targeting Indian interests in Afghanistan.
The bombers struck at a number of guest houses, particularly at Park Residence, rented out by the Indian embassy for its staffers and those linked to India’s developmental work in Afghanistan.
Describing it as a "heinous terrorist attack," External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said as per the preliminary information provided by Afghan Government officials, "up to nine Indians... have lost their lives."
"A few Indians have been injured, most of whom are reported to be out of danger. Arrangements are being made for their adequate and expeditious treatment, if necessary, by evacuating them to India," he said in a statement.
The Indians, who died in the incident included embassy staffers from consulates in Herat and Kandahar, a member of a medical mission and Government officials, embassy sources said without giving their identity or breakup.
They said 12 Indians were also injured in the attack which also killed an Italian diplomat, a French tourist and a number of policemen.
This is the fourth attack targeted at Indians in Kabul since July 2008 when 60 people, including four Indian embassy officials, were killed in a massive car bomb attack on the embassy building.