In Afghanistan, two Indians are among 25 people killed in a string of Taliban suicide attacks across the country yesterday. In the first attack, a Taliban suicide bomber hit a minibus carrying foreign security guards in Kabul along the main road to the eastern city of Jalalabad, killing Indian and Nepalese security guards. The Taliban also claimed a second smaller blast in south Kabul. The third blast took place in a market in the remote northeastern province of Badakhshan.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in New Delhi that 2 Indian nationals, Ganesh Thapa and Govind Singh from Dehradun died tragically in the blast in Kabul yesterday. He said, Government is in touch with the families of Indian nationals and is working with the Afghan government to repatriate their mortal remains at the earliest. The two Indians were working as guards for a private security company at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul.
Canada condemned the attacks and offered condolences to the families of the guards. Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah has condemned the violence as an act of terror and intimidation. The attacks come days after the US announced an expansion of the US military’s authority to conduct air strikes against the Taliban, a significant boost for Afghan forces which have limited close air-support capacities.