Kabul mission attack toll now 54: Indian envoy

July 9th, 2008 - 11:21 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) The death toll in the suicide attack on the Indian mission Monday has climbed to 54, India’s ambassador to Afghanistan Jayant Prasad said. “The dead include 17 students as there is a school in the vicinity of the Indian mission in Kabul,” the Indian envoy told IANS Wednesday.

“All the shops in the vicinity have been destroyed,” he said.

Military attache Brigadier R.D. Mehta, press counsellor V.V. Rao and two Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel were among those killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the embassy gate Monday morning - the first major terror attack on an Indian mission abroad.

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