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    Blast Heard Near Indian, Pakistani Consulates in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad

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    A powerful explosion was heard Wednesday near the Indian and the Pakistani diplomatic missions in the Afghan city of Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A blast near the Indian and the Pakistani diplomatic missions in the Afghan city of Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province on Wednesday killed at least 5 police officers and left 11 people injured, according to a security source as cited by Afghanistan's broadcaster TOLOnews.

    ​​Shortly after the blast, gunmen started exchanging fire with Afghan security forces. Clashes still continue in the area, the source told TOLOnews.

    ​All Indians at the consulate were reported to be safe, according to Indian media.

    Earlier in the day, TOLOnews reported that at least four people have been killed and two injured in the blast. Three schoolchildren were also injured in the explosion, TOLOnews reported.

    According to the NDTV news outlet, officials have said that the attack in the area where there are many foreign consulates was carried out by a suicide bomber.

    All Indians at the consulate were reported to be safe, NDTV reports.

    According to other media reports, at least four people have been killed and two injured in the blast. The Iranian diplomatic mission in the city could also reportedly be affected.

    No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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