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IFS officer, Brigadier killed in Kabul blast | 41killed

TimePublished on Mon, Jul 07, 2008 at 13:52, Updated at Mon, Jul 07, 2008 in World section

TERROR RETURNS: A suicide car bomb ripped through the front wall of the Indian Embassy in central Kabul on Monday

TERROR RETURNS: A suicide car bomb ripped through the front wall of the Indian Embassy in central Kabul on Monday


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New Delhi: Four Indians including a senior Army officer posted as a military attache and an Indian Foreign Service officer have been killed in the suicide attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

Indian military attache Brigadier R D Mehta and press counsellor V Venkat Rao along with two Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel - Ajai Pathania and Roop Singh - posted at the Embassy are among the 41 people who have been killed.

A fifth employee of the Embassy, an Afghan, Niamutullah has also been killed in the blast.

According to latest reports 141 people have also been injured in the attack that took on Monday morning.

Rao is an IFS officer of 1990 batch and was travelling in a car along with Brigadier Mehta when the attack took place.

Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Jayant Prasad confirmed to CNN-IBN that four Indian's have been killed in the blast outside the Embassy.

"Two of them are guards and two are officers posted at the Indian Embassy. I condemn the attack on the Embassy, " Prasad said.

The outer wall and a security observation post of the Embassy have also been damaged in the attack.

The Ministry of External Affairs had earlier confirmed to CNN-IBN that the Embassy was the target of the attack.

External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee called for an emergency meeting of top officials in Delhi minutes after getting news of the bomb attack.

Mukherjee discussed the security situation in Kabul with Defence Minister A K Antony and senior officials of the External Affairs Ministry, sources said.

A team of MEA officials led by senior IFS officer Nalind Suri left for Kabul by a special Indian Air Force plane on Monday afternoon. The team also has some senior Home Ministry officials and medical personnel.

They will provide assistance to Embassy in Kabul and return with the bodies of Indian officials killed. The team will also review security in Kabul and at the Indian Consulate and check security of 4000 Indians present in Afghanistan.

Malti Rao, wife of the killed IFS officer, is also going with the team.

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