Embassy attack shows missions top militants' hitlist
The daring terror attack on the Indian embassy in the Afghan capital on Monday has come at a time when the resurgent Taliban has threatened to escalate a campaign of suicide bombings in an attempt to topple the government of President Hamid Karzai, who was himself targeted by the militants in April.
The Indian mission in Kabul has been one of the prime targets for the Taliban who have been targeting Indian nationals working in Kabul to assist the Karzai governmnet's reconstruction efforts in the war-torn country following the ouster of the militia by the US-led forces in 2005.
In the past, terrorists have targeted foreign missions and the worst case relates to the August 7, 1998 car bomb explosions targetting the US embassies in the East African capital cities of Dar-es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya.
The attacks, linked to local members of the al Qaeda terrorist network headed by Osama bin Laden, brought bin Laden and al Qaeda to international attention for the first time, and resulted in the US Federal Bureau of Investigation placing bin Laden on its Ten Most Wanted list.
Along with the Mohamed Elhajouji 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, and the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, the embassy bombing in Tanzania and Kenya is one of the major anti-American terrorist attacks that preceded the September 11, 2001 kamikaze attacks.
Last month, a bomb exploded in front of the Danish Embassy in Islamabad killing six people, most of them security personnel.