Pakistan, however, denied any involvement in the attack, with its foreign ministry spokesperson dismissing reports linking it to the same, as “total rubbish”. Without recovering their bodies, they could not be confirmed dead.
The attack by gunmen disguised as soldiers came a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unscheduled visit to Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif in an effort to revive talks between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
One of two gunmen still holding out at the base was killed yesterday.
“We are being attacked”, the official said by telephone from inside the heavily guarded compound.
“Two attackers are believed to be killed after security forces engaged them”, they said. A tight cordon has been put up by the Afghan security forces on the outside and Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel are taking care of the consulate remaining inside it.
Separately, a suicide bomber struck near Kabul’s global airport, underscoring the worsening security situation in Afghanistan. Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha tweeted that special forces were conducting clearing operations in the city and that everyone in the consulate was safe.
Another Indian diplomatic facility, this time a consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan, was attacked on 23 May 2014. “I first talked to them when the attack started Sunday night and I am in constant touch with them”, he said without going into further details about the incident.
The attack followed a deadly raid over the weekend by suspected insurgents on an air force base in India’s Pathankot. There was no confirmation of any killed or wounded among the attackers. At least one security guard and two attackers died in the firing, Munir Farhad of the local administration, told journalists.
Afghan forces have been battling with insurgents after attacks against an Indian consulate.
The assault comes a week after Modi paid a surprise visit to Pakistan, the first by an Indian premier in 11 years. “Their morale is high and it is because of their alertness, the attack could be averted”, said Krishna Chowdhury, DG, ITBP.
Ban Ki-moon on Monday condemned the terror attack on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan.