Gunmen kill Pakistani consulate worker in Jalalabad

AFP and Staff

ISLAMABAD -- Unidentified gunmen killed a Pakistani diplomat Monday (November 6) in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, said officials.

Two assailants riding a motorbike opened fire on Nayyar Iqbal Rana while he was at a shop in Jalalabad, Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan Zahid Nasrullah Khan told AFP.

"When he went to the hospital, he was pronounced dead," Khan said. He added that he had "absolutely no idea" why Rana, a father of five, was targeted.

Rana was the assistant to the consul general in Jalalabad, the capital of restive Nangarhar Province, which borders Pakistan.

Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar's governor, confirmed the deadly attack.

"Police have launched an investigation into the incident. No arrests have been made so far," Khogyani told AFP.

Pakistan's Foreign Office condemned the attack and demanded better security for the consular staff and employees working in Afghanistan, Dawn reported.

Islamabad summoned the charge d'affaires of the Afghan embassy in Pakistan to register an official protest.

Diplomats in Afghanistan, who usually have very tight security, are rarely killed despite escalating violence across the country.

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