Two Indian workers killed in Afghanistan
Two employees of the India Border Road Organization were killed by suspected Taliban militants in South west Afghanistan in a suicide blast, five Indian workers were also injured in the attack.
The attack took place when the suicide bomber rammed his vehicle into the construction workers near Minar area in Nimroz province in South West Afganistan. MP Singh and C Govindaswamy were killed on the spot as they took the major brunt of the blast, whereas five others were seriously injured, external affairs ministry said.
Five injured include Bishram Oroan, Vikram Singh, Muhammad Nazin Khan, Anil Kumar Thampee and Mayaram, all of whom are employees of BRO.
External Affairs Ministry said that arrangements are being made for immediate evacuation of the deceased and the injured.
Meanwhile, news reports said that Taliban militants had claimed the responsibility for the attack. A man claiming to be Taliban spokesman said that two mines were detonated first and thereafter the suicide bomber blew himself.
It is to be noted that the victims are amongst 400 BRO personnel working on the construction of 218-km highway between Zaranj and Delaram in Afghanistan.
The road is being constructed as part of India’s assistance programme for reconstruction of the country, which however has been opposed by Taliban and the outfit has issued threats from time to time.
Meanwhile, the government of India, while condemning the violent attack expressed determination that India’s engagement with Afghanistan will continue unabated.