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9 Indians killed in Taliban attack on hotels

Kabul/New Delhi: Targeting Indians yet again, the Taliban on Friday carried out coordinated suicide attacks at two hotels in Kabul killing up to nine Indians, including two Major-rank Army officers, evoking a sharp reaction from India.

At least 10 others, including five Indian Army officers, were injured in the strike that killed 8 others, including locals and nationals from other countries.

The bombers, believed to be three in number, struck at the guest houses, particularly at Park Residence, rented out by the Indian embassy for its staffers and those linked to India’s developmental work in Afghanistan.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said that as per the preliminary information provided by Afghan government officials, “up to nine Indians...have lost their lives.”

“A few Indians have been injured, most of whom are reported to be out of danger. Arrangements are being made for their adequate and expeditious treatment, if necessary, by evacuating them to India,” he said in a statement.

Sources in the Indian embassy in Kabul said, however, that six Indians were confirmed dead. — PTI

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