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Three suicide bombers killed at least nine civilians, most of the them children in a botched attack on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, security officials said.
Police fired on the militants as they approached a checkpoint near the consulate, prompting one of them to set off their explosive-laden car. At least nine bystanders were killed, and another 24 people injured.
All three attackers also died.
Nangarhar police chief Mohammad Sharif Amin told Reuters that a bomber detonated a car packed with explosives outside the consulate and an adjacent mosque.
The consulate was the intended target, he said, but most casualties were from the mosque.
Roads near the Indian consulate remained blocked as gunfire rattled through the area, deputy provincial police chief Masoom Khan Hashimi said.
Indian diplomatic missions have been targets of previous attacks in Afghanistan.
A suicide bomber attacked the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan capital of Jalalabad on Saturday morning, Indian officials and local police said, killing six people and wounding 22.
Gunfire resounded through the area for at least an hour following the 10am blast near the consulate entrance.
All the casualties were civilians, except for one wounded Afghan soldier, said Baz Mohammad, a senior health official in Nangarhar province.
Indian ministry of external affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin tweeted:
An explosion struck an area near the Indian consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on Saturday morning and police said they believed it was caused by a suicide bomber.
Deputy provincial police chief Masoom Khan Hashimi said he believed a suicide bomber was behind the explosion just after 10 a.m. Gunfire broke out immediately afterwards.