Militants with ties to Pakistan attacked India's consulate in Jalalabad, Afghanistan Saturday. Three suicide bombers armed with assault rifles and a car packed with explosives killed at least nine civilians. NBC's Lester Holt reports.
KABUL – A suicide bomber blew himself up, killing another suicide bomber and eight other people in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Saturday, an official said.
Abdul Zai, spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar province, said three suicide bombers wearing explosive vests were driving toward the Indian Consulate in the city when they were stopped by the security services.
Zai said one bomber detonated a device inside the vehicle. Two bombers died and the third was injured. The blast caused serious damage to a nearby mosque, Reuters reported, and rattled dozens of homes and shops in the area.
"Explosion in front of India's Consulate in Jalalabad. All Indians officials safe," Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said on Twitter. He also expressed thanks to Afghan security and sent condolences to the families of the civilians who lost their lives.
The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack, according to Reuters.
Eight passersby were killed and 25 others were seriously injured, said Zai.
NBC News’ Tracy Jarrett and Reuters contributed to this report.