A day after deadly attacks Afghan capital Kabul, India's defense minister has said that the insurgents might have used chemical weapons in the country.
“As per the reports which are coming from the southern and northern parts of Afghanistan, I have seen photographs of local population suffering from blisters and some chemical weapons,” Manohan Parrikar said on Thursday.
Speaking at the Defence Research and Development Organization, the Indian minister said there was no confirmation on the matter, but “the photos were quite distressing.”
The minister added that though India had not faced nuclear or chemical attacks, but “we will have to be prepared at every moment to deal with the issue.”
The remarks come as Taliban carried out two separate attacks in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and injuring scores.
A chemical weapon is a specialized munition that uses chemicals formulated to inflict death or harm on human beings.
The Chemical Weapons Convention outlaws the production, stockpiling, and use of such weapons.