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Afghanistan says embassy bombers trained in Pakistan
An Afghan police keeps watch on the road to the Indian embassy in Kabul July 8, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood
An Afghan police keeps watch on the road to the Indian embassy in Kabul July 8, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

DUSHANBE (Reuters) - Militants who carried out this week's suicide bomb attack on the Indian embassy in the Afghan capital received their training at camps in Pakistan, Afghanistan's interior minister said on Wednesday.

On Monday, a car bomb rammed into the Indian embassy's gates and killed dozens of people in the deadliest attack in Kabul since U.S.-led and Afghan forces overthrew the Taliban in 2001.

"Unfortunately dozens of people who died or were injured during the explosion were civilians," Zarar Ahmad Moqbel said on a visit to neighbouring Tajikistan.

"Some nations are keen to derail the process of stabilisation in Afghanistan. The training centre for the terrorists who carried out the latest act of violence in Kabul at the Indian embassy is in Pakistan," he said.

Moqbel did not elaborate. Pakistan strongly condemned Monday's attack and denied any involvement.

Afghanistan has said the attack bore the hallmarks of a foreign intelligence agency.

The explosion killed two Indian diplomats and two Indian guards. Most of the other victims were people waiting in line for visas or shoppers at a nearby market.

Afghanistan has accused Pakistani agents of being behind the April assassination attempt against President Hamid Karzai, a mass jail break in Kandahar last month and other attacks.

Karzai has threatened to send troops across the border to attack militants there if Pakistan did not take action.

(Reporting by Roman Kozhevnikov; Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Mariam Karouny)

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