Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday
assured India that a thorough investigation would be conducted
into the suicide bomb attack near the Indian embassy here to
ascertain who was behind it.
The assurance came when Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao
met him soon after arriving here to take stock of the
situation in the wake of yesterday`s blast that killed 17
people and discuss issues related to the security of Indians
and their assets in the face of continued threat from Taliban.
The Afghan Foreign Ministry yesterday hinted at
Pakistani links to the attack near the Indian embassy as it
said the blast was "planned and implemented from outside the
borders of Afghanistan".
During his meeting with Rao, Karzai said India and
Afghanistan are on the same side of fight against terrorism.
Rao, who arrived here this morning on a two-day visit,
expressed grief at the loss of 17 innocent lives in the
attack, the second on the mission after the July 2008 strike.
The Foreign Secretary also held detailed discussions
with Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta.
Rao said she had come here to express solidarity with
the people of Afghanistan and to extend sympathies to families
of those who died and suffered injuries in the attack.
Asked who was suspected to be behind the attack, Rao
said investigations are on in this regard.
She also visited the Indian Embassy to see the damage
caused to the premises by the blast, which blew up the mission
watch tower and damaged the boundary wall.