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Special aircraft to bring killed Indians in Kabul attack

Following instruction of External Affairs Minister S.M.Krishna, a special aircraft will leave tonight for Kabul to bring back the bodies of Indians died in the Kabul attack today morning.

A team of doctors accompanied by senior MEA officials will be on board, said sources.

Indian High Commissioner to Afghanistan Jayant Prasad is already in Delhi and is believed to be apprising about today’s incident and the situation in Afghanistan to the External Affairs Ministry, sources added.

According to sources, an ITBP official, who was posted in one of the Indian consulates, is also believed to have died in the attack.

Meanwhile, Indian Government has extended its sincere condolences to the families of all those who have lost their lives in the dastardly attack, including the families of the Indian officials who laid down their lives in the line of duty.

“Though the irreplaceable loss of these families can never be recompensed, all necessary steps will be taken for the welfare of the dependants of the deceased officials. Government is in close touch with the Government of Afghanistan on all aspects concerning the safety, security and welfare of Indians in that country,” an MEA statement stated.

India on Friday condemned the Kabul attack which targeted residential facilities and killed nine Indians besides other some other persons of Afghanistan and third world countries.

India expressed its deep concern saying it is clearly aimed against the people of India and the people of Afghanistan.

A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday evening said: “There has been a heinous terrorist attack in Kabul today morning targeting a few residential facilities used, among others, by Indian nationals. As per the preliminary information provided by Afghan Government officials, up to nine Indians, besides a few others from Afghanistan and third countries, have lost their lives. The deceased Indians include Government officials. 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. Further details are being ascertained,” it added.

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