New Delhi, Oct 18 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condemned "most strongly" the terror attack earlier in the day in Kandahar, Afghanistan, that claimed the lives of three top provincial officials.
"Deeply shocked and saddened by the dastardly terrorist attack in Kandahar," the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) tweeted quoting Modi.
"India condemns it most strongly and mourns with our Afghan brethren the loss of life, including that of Kandahar's senior leadership," Modi said.
"We stand in solidarity with the brave people of Afghanistan in fighting terrorism imposed on them," he added.
Abdul Raziq, police chief of Kandahar, and Momin Khan, head of the intelligence department, were killed on the spot in a shooting at a meeting attended by Afghan and US officials in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar while the provincial Governor Zulmay Weesa died from serious wounds in a hospital.
Raziq was a key anti-Taliban figure in southern Afghanistan and he had escaped over two dozen direct attacks and suicide bomb blasts in the past, the source said.
The shooter, who served as the Governor's bodyguard, was also killed in the incident.
Austin Scott Miller, top US-NATO commander in Afghanistan, escaped unhurt, but three US soldiers and several other people were injured in the attack, claimed by the Taliban insurgent group.
Mumbai, Oct 19 (IANS) Broadly negative Asian markets, along with a slightly weak rupee and a marginal rise in global crude oil prices dragged the key domestic equity indices in the red during Friday's trade session.
The Indian rupee opened on a weaker note at 73.62 to a US dollar from its previous close against a greenback, whereas the Brent crude oil price neared the $80 per barrel mark.
In addition, heavy selling pressure in auto, IT and capital goods stocks led to the fall.
Index-wise, the S&P BSE Sensex opened at 34,563.29 points from its previous close of 34,779.58 points on last Wednesday.
The Indian stock and forex markets were shut on account of Dussehra on Thursday.
Around 9.40 a.m. on Friday, it traded at 34,354.96 points down by 424.62 points or 1.22 per cent.
Similarly, the NSE Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded in the red.
The NSE Nifty50 traded at 10,316.75 points during the morning trade session, down 136.30 points and 1.30 per cent.