June 6, 2017: Insurgent groups again targeted
Indian interests in Kabul, with a rocket landing on the
tennis court of Indian envoy Manpreet Vohra's house. Sources
in New Delhi said no injury had been reported in the rocket
attack on 'India House', which occurred around 11.15 a.
m. hours local time (12.15 IST) even as the authorities
in the Afghan capital. Apart from the Indian Ambassador,
other mission personnel also stay in the compound of the
heavily guarded 'India House', which is close to several
embassies and NATO's 'Resolute Support' headquarters. The
rocket attack coincided with the 'Kabul Process' meet in
which representatives of nearly 25 countries, including
India, participated. This is the first of its kind international
meeting being held at the initiative of the Afghan President
aimed at bringing the prolonged conflict in Afghanistan
to an end.
June 20, 2016: Two Indians were killed in
a blast in Afghanistan capital city Kabul, confirmed the MEA.
"We have learnt that 2 Indian nationals, Ganesh Thapa & Govind
Singh from Dehradun died tragically in the blast in Kabul
today morning," MEA official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said
in a tweet. Three separate blasts claimed 26 lives, including
those of two suicide bombers and 14 Nepalese nationals, and
injured more than 50 others in Afghanistan. According to details,
in the first attack, a Taliban suicide bomber hit a minibus
carrying Nepalese guards in Kabul along the main road to the
eastern city of Jalalabad. The Taliban also claimed a second
smaller blast in south Kabul. The third blast took place in
a market in Kasham District of Badakhshan province. Islamic
State (IS) and Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks.
June 9, 2016: Suspected militants abducted
an Indian female aid worker, identified as Judith D' Souza
from Afghanistan's capital Kabul, Indian and Afghan officials
said. She was working as a senior technical advisor on gender
with the Aga Khan Developmental Network in Kabul, sources
in New Delhi said.
January 13, 2016: Three Afghan Policemen
were killed and two others were injured when a suicide bomber
blew himself up 200 meters away from the Indian consulate
in Jalalabad. Afghan SFs later exchanged fire with gunmen
barricaded in a house near the Pakistan consulate nearby.
All Indians are reported to be safe.
January 8, 2016: An explosives-laden
vehicle was found near the Indian consulate in Herat and one
person was arrested in this regard.
January 5, 2016: A huge blast was reported
near the Indian consulate in Jalalabad city in Nangarhar Province
of Afghanistan. No casualty has been reported.
January 3, 2016: Militants attempted
to storm the Indian diplomatic mission in Mazar-i-Sharif.
The standoff had ended in the night of January 4 after all
the four attackers who entered the building opposite the Indian
Consulate were killed. One policeman also lost his life and
nine others including three civilians were wounded in the
December 21, 2015: Afghanistan's intelligence
service, the NDS, prevented a suicide-bomb assault on India's
consulate in the city of Jalalabad, along the border with Pakistan.The
strike was to have taken place as PM Narendra Modi visits Kabul
on December 25, sources said. Indian intelligence sources said
NDS had identified the attacker as Qari Nasir, a religious studies
student from Tagab District in province of Kapisa. In statements
given to Afghan authorities, Nasir is alleged to have said he
was trained in a camp across the border in Pakistan, and received
final instructions at a Taliban facility in Peshawar (Pakistan).
May 13, 2015:
There were four Indians among 14 persons
killed in an attack carried out by militants at Park Palace
guest house in Kabul's Kolola Pushta area. Agencies believe
India's Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha was the prime target
of the attack. "It was known that the Indian envoy would be
visiting the guesthouse on Wednesday evening... it appears the
Taliban had accordingly planned the siege," an unnamed senior
intelligence officer stated.
February, 22, 2015: Indian agencies have
scripted a major success in securing the release of the abducted
Christian priest, Father Alexis Premkumar Antonysamy from the
captivity of the Taliban in Helmand, Afghanistan and the priest
has now safely landed in India. Sources said officials had been
monitoring the case, coordinating with Afghanistan officials
and the Governor's office in Herat. Top official sources said
that the rescue was the result of a major operation by Indian
intelligence and security agencies posted in that region.
September 14, 2014: A new Taliban
group, Suicide Group of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan,
claimed that they had murdered Indian author Sushmita Banerjee
in the Kharana area of Paktita Province in Afghanistan on
August 15, 2014: Three Indian nationals
abducted by the Taliban in Afghanistan were rescued during
a special military operation in Babos area of eastern Logar
Province by Afghan troops though at least one more Indian
continues to be held by the militants.
August 15, 2014: Indian MEA Spokesman
Syed Akbaruddin confirmed in a tweet that three Indians
abducted recently had been released from captivity. He further
said that another Indian identified as Prem Kumar was "still
in captivity". It could not immediately be ascertained whether
Kumar and the three other Indians were abducted at the same
time. It was also not clear whether any more persons had
August 13, 2014: The three Indians,
all engineers by profession, were captured by the Taliban
while they were travelling from Logar to Kabul, Afghanistan.
July 23, 2014:
Two Indians were among five foreign guards killed by a Taliban
suicide bomber riding a motorbike in an attack on Kabul
Airport, the Indian MEA confirmed. MEA Spokesman Syed Akbaruddin
said the two Indians, identified as Ponnappan V Kuttappan
and Parambhat Ravindran from Kerala state were employed
as security guards with an American security firm named
Dyna Corporation in Kabul.
June 26, 2014: India has stressed
that it will not "endorse" treating the Afghan government
on par with elements of the Taliban, even as it reiterated
that terrorism and not ethnicity is the greatest threat
to peace in an Afghanistan on the verge of a historic transition.
Ambassador Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi, the acting Permanent
Representative of India to the UN said that India believes
the reconciliation process must remain "Afghan-led, Afghan-owned
and Afghan-controlled" while respecting the "agreed red
lines". He also noted that the entire NAM member states
had recently endorsed the "Afghan-controlled" process of
June 25, 2014: US State Department
Spokesperson Marie Harf said that there is credible evidence
that LeT was responsible for the terror attack on the Indian
Consulate (May 23, 2014) in Afghanistan's Herat Province.
June 15, 2014: IB termed the withdrawal
of NATO and allied forces from Afghanistan as one of the
biggest challenges to India's counter-terrorism measures
in its presentation to Union Minister of Home Affairs, Rajnath
June 11, 2014: According to intelligence
sources five warnings from the CIA helped authorities defeat
the May 23 strike on the Indian Consulate in Herat Province
of Afghanistan. The last operational input from the CIA
was delivered to India's intelligence services two hours
after the assault began, and identified the assault team
as operatives of the Pakistan-based LeT.
June 5, 2014: According to local
Afghan Government officials, over 100 LeT militants have
been deployed in Nuristan who are trying to set up training
camps in Kamdish District. Provincial Governor, Hafiz Abdul
Qayum confirmed the presence of LeT militants in Nuristan
and said the group has also killed 11 Afghan Taliban militants
for failing to disrupt the elections.
June 4, 2014: Afghan authorities
arrested a man for his alleged involvement in the kidnapping
of Indian aid worker Alexis Prem Kumar from Herat Province.
June 3, 2014: A LeT hit squad was
assigned to take hostages and lay siege on the Indian Consulate
in Herat Province of Afghanistan, to coincide with the oath
ceremony of PM Narendra Modi, security sources in the Indian
establishment have now concluded after studying the pattern
of attack and taking stock of the recovery from the operatives
June 2-3, 2014: An Indian aid worker
was abducted by unknown gunmen in Afghanistan's Herat Province.
The Indian aid worker, Alexis Prem Kumar who was abducted
from Herat in Afghanistan by unidentified gunmen, remained
in captivity for the second day with local authorities yet
to get any "conclusive" clues in the case.
May 23-27, 2014:
Gunmen armed with machine guns and RPGs attacked the Indian
Consulate in Herat Province in Afghanistan. ITBP personnel
and Afghan SFs in an encounter that lasted 10 hours killed
all the four attackers. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
said that "According to information given to us by a Western
intelligence agency, the perpetrators of the Herat attack
belonged to the LeT. This was mentioned in writing in the
report shared with us". Afghanistan's Ambassador Shaida
Abdali said that LeT militants wanted to take Indian officials
hostage at the Herat consulate of Afghanistan, just before
the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra
September 14, 2013:
A new Taliban group, Suicide Group
of the Islamic Movement of Afghanistan, claimed that they
had murdered Indian author Sushmita Banerjee in the Kharana
area of Paktita Province in Afghanistan on September 4.
September 4, 2013: Indian
author Sushmita Banerjee (49) was shot dead by the Taliban
militants in the Kharana area of Paktita Province in Afghanistan.
August 3, 2013: In
a suicide attack intended to target the Indian Consulate at
Jalalabad, the capital of the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan,
nine Afghans, including at least eight children, were killed,
and another 24 were wounded. The three attackers were also
killed. All Indian officials in the Consulate were safe. Nangarhar
Province Police Chief General Sharifullah Amin confirmed that
the consulate was the intended target of the blast.
May 10, 2011: Afghanistan
National Intelligence Agency spokesperson Lutfullah Mashal
said that Inter-Services ISI hired two persons, identified
as Sher Zamin and Khan Zamin, to kill the Indian Consul
General of Jalalabad province.
December 16, 2010: Indian
embassy in Kabul and four consulates in Afghanistan have been put
on high alert following intelligence inputs that the Taliban militants
may be preparing for a strike at Indian establishments.
2010: Two Indian nationals were killed in a missile attack launched
by the Taliban militants on an Indian NGO's office in Kunar province
of Afghanistan. Qari Omar Haqqani, a spokesperson for the Afghan Taliban,
told reporters from an undisclosed location that the militants had
attacked the office of the Indian NGO with missiles in which three
people, including two Indian workers, were killed. The nationality
of the third person who died in the attack is yet to be ascertained.
February 26, 2010: The Taliban
militants on carried out coordinated suicide attacks at two hotels
in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan, killing at least
nine Indians, including two Major-rank Army officers. At least 10
others, including five Indian Army officers, were injured in the strike
that killed eight others, including locals and nationals from other
countries. The bombers, believed to be three in number, struck at
the guest houses, particularly at Park Residence, rented out by the
Indian Embassy for its staffers and those linked to India’s developmental
work in Afghanistan.
October 8, 2009: Targeting
the Indian embassy in Kabul for the second time, a Taliban suicide bomber
blew up an explosives-laden car outside the mission, killing 17 persons
and injuring over 80, including three Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)
soldiers. The embassy staff, however, was unhurt. The Taliban claimed
responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as Khalid, Al
Jazeera TV channel said.
February 9, 2009: Simon Paramanathan, an Indian
from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu held captive by militants in Afghanistan
for nearly four months is dead, his family and the Ministry of External
Affairs (MEA) said in New Delhi. Simon, employed in the Italian food
chain Ciano International, was abducted in October 2008. The company
had been negotiating with the captors belonging to an unnamed militant
outfit, which had sought a ransom of USD 200000. However, the negotiations
"to work out a reasonable ransom" reportedly failed to break the deadlock.
An MEA official said in New Delhi that Afghanistan authorities informed
that Simon died while in the custody of his abductors.
December 24, 2008: A 38-year-old
man from Tamil Nadu working with a food store attached to Italian soldiers
deployed in Afghanistan, has been kidnapped by Afghan militants in Herath
province, police said, according to Rediff. Simon, who hails
from Kalakurichi Village in Villupuram District, was kidnapped by a
group calling itself Mujahideen on October 13, 2008, police said. Simon
was working with an Italian food store supplying food to its soldiers
in Afghanistan. He was kidnapped along with two other company employees
while they were delivering food at the International Security Assistance
Force camp in Bagram air base, the sources said.
**July 7, 2008: A suicide
attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul killed 66 persons. The killed
included two senior diplomats, Political Counsellor V. Venkateswara
Rao and Defence Adviser Brigadier Ravi Datt Mehta, and Indo-Tibetan
Border Police (ITBP) staffers Ajai Pathaniya and Roop Singh.
June 5, 2008: An ITBP trooper
was killed and four others injured in an attack by the Taliban in the
south-west Province of Nimroz.
April 12, 2008: Two Indian nationals,
M.P. Singh and C. Govindaswamy, personnel of the Indian Army’s Border
Roads Organisation (BRO), were killed and seven persons, including five
BRO personnel, sustained injuries in a suicide-bomb attack in the Nimroz
January 3, 2008: In the first-ever
suicide attack on Indians in the country, two ITBP soldiers were
killed and five others injured in the Razai village of Nimroz
December 15, 2007: Two bombs
were lobbed into the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, capital of the Nangarhar
province in Afghanistan. There was however, no casualty or damage.
May 7, 2006: An explosion occurred
near the Indian Consulate in the fourth police district of the western
Herat Province. There were no casualties.
April 28, 2006: An Indian telecommunications
engineer working for a Bahrain based firm in the Zabul Province, K Suryanarayana
was abducted and subsequently beheaded after two days.
February 7, 2006: Bharat Kumar,
an engineer working with a Turkish company, was killed in a bomb attack
by the Taliban in the western province of Farah.
November 19, 2005: Maniappan
Kutty, a driver working with the BRO’s project of building the Zaranj-Delaram
highway, was abducted and his decapitated body was found on a road between
Zaranj, capital of Nimroz, and an area called Ghor Ghori, four days
December 9, 2003: Two Indian
engineers - P Murali and G Vardharai working on a road project in Zabul
province were abducted. They were released on December 24 after intense
negotiations by Afghan tribal leaders with the Taliban militia, which
was demanding the release of 50 imprisoned militants in return for the
November 8, 2003: An Indian
telecommunications engineer working for the Afghan Wireless Company
was shot dead.
**Note: The Data was corrected
on August 5, 2013. Earlier, it was reported that 41 people were
killed and 140 were injured in the July 7, 2008, attack. However,
subsequent official information confirmed that 66 people were
killed in the attack.
Source: Compiled from English
language media sources.