In a blow to India’s reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, suicide bombers killed two Border Roads Organisation (BRO) engineers and injured five others in southern Afghanistan on Saturday morning. This is the second suicide bombing by the Taliban against Indian nationals in Afghanistan since January.
The attack against Indian road construction workers took place in Khasrod district in Nimroz province. Two men with explosives strapped to their bodies jumped in front of the road construction convoy, engaged in building the 218-km Zaranj-Delaram road, Ghulom Dastagir Azaad, provincial governor, was quoted as saying.
The deceased have been identified as M.P. Singh and C. Govindaswamy. ITBP personnel Muhammad Nazin Khan, Anil Kumar Thampee and Mayaram, besides two BRO workers, Vikram Singh and Bishram Oraon, were those injured. They have been moved to Zaranj for medical attention and arrangements are being made for immediate evacuation of dead bodies. “It is a rude shock. This tragedy has happened when…road construction was in its final phase. We are in constant touch with the Afghan government,”
Defence Minister A.K. Antony said in Thiruvanathapuram.
BRO chief Lieutenant General A.K. Nanda told HT, “Despite the worsening security scenario, our endeavour would be to wrap up work by July and hand over the road to Afghan authorities.”