79 more commandos for embassy, consulates in Afghanistan
NEW DELHI: India has decided to enhance the security cover of its embassy and consulates in Afghanistan by sanctioning deployment of 79 more ITBP commandos to guard the facilities in capital Kabul and elsewhere.
The new measure has been taken in the backdrop of the August 3 suicide bomb attack near the main consulate complex in Jalalabad which killed 12 civilians [more here and here].
The upgrade in the security manpower – from the existing 219 commando trained troops of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) – comes in the background of threats of possible terror attacks on Indian diplomats and other assets in Afghanistan.
“We are deploying a fresh contingent of our boys for security duties at all vital Indian facilities in Afghanistan,” ITBP chief Ajay Chadha said.
Sources said security agencies have gone through intelligence inputs that suggest that apart from al-Qaida and Pakistan-based Haqqani network, the threat to Indian assets in Afghanistan also emanates from smaller militant groups based in Pakistan…
The deployment will cater not only to the main embassy complex in Kabul but also to the consulate offices in Mazar-e-Sharif, Jalalabad, Kandhar and Herat [The Paks consider, likely with some reason, those missions to be nests of Indian spies:].
The ITBP guards render perimeter security and access control duties at Indian installations besides being also trained to undertake special rescue and VIP security duties in cases of emergency…
The ITBPF’s website is here.