Kabul attack: Indian Ambassador Manpreet Vohra Says, “India will never be cowed down”

 

A blast was reported in Kabul on Tuesday as news reports said that a rocket landed at an Indian envoy’s residence in the Green Zone in Kabul.

No casualties have been reported so far. The rocket landed close to the Resolute Support compound in the vicinity of Shash Darak neighbourhood of the Afghan capital.

India’s ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra was at the Kabul Process meeting in Kabul this morning, which aims at getting the peace process back on track in Afghanistan, when a rocket landed on the tennis courts inside his residence.

The residence is located deep inside a very high-security zone in Kabul.

In an exclusive conversation, Ambassador Vohra said, “A rocket landed in the India House compound at 10:25 am. There were no casualties. Investigations are ongoing.”

He added: “India has dealt with terror and will never be cowed down by it.”

The attack on the Indian ambassador’s residence comes less than a week after a truck blew up at the entrance to the Green Zone, inside which the Indian embassy as well as India House is located.

Indian officials in Kabul also said that Vohra was determined to send the message that India will play its part in bringing peace to Afghanistan, no matter what other political forces thought.

The incident coincides with peace talks called the Kabul Process which focuses on ways to end cross border terrorism and has representatives from 23 nations in attendance.

While it is unclear who fired the rocket, official sources believe it was likely to have been fired from a nearby hill, perhaps from Kabul’s PD 16.

“These weapons are grossly inaccurate and it is likely that the Indian compound wasn’t even the target,” an official in Kabul said.

Afghanistan’s capital city is witnessing a traumatic week, following the massive truck bomb that detonated just outside of the diplomatic area in Kabul, killing as many as 150 people and injuring over 650.

Four more people were killed on Friday when hundreds of protesters incensed by the bombing clashed with police, prompting officials to force them back with live rounds fired in the air, tear gas and water cannon.

And on Saturday, at least seven people were killed when suicide bombers tore through a row of mourners who were attending the funeral of one of the protesters, the son of an influential Afghan senator.

The National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency, has claimed that the attacks were planned by their Pakistani counterpart, Inter Services Intelligence, and executed by the Haqqani Network.

Police officials in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hundreds of demonstrators demanded better security in the Afghan capital in the wake of a powerful truck bomb attack that killed scores of people.

“Pakistan is the key planner of this incident like in the past, but our security team is investigating the incident and these investigations have not been completed,” said Afghanistan’s ministry of interior spokesman Najib Danish.

The protesters, holding a sit-in for a fifth day on Tuesday near the bombing site, have demanded the resignation of Afghanistan’s security chiefs, including national security adviser Hanif Atmar,  a demand that Ghani has turned down.

The blast was triggered by a “military-grade explosive-laden” sewage truck at the entrance of the high-security area. All the casualities were Afghan citizens.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack till date.

Afghan intelligence sources have since been reporting that Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, actively supplied explosive to the Haqqani Network to carry out the Kabul truck blast.

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