Afghanistan: Terrorists attack Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif

No details were immediately available on casualties or damage.

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: January 4, 2016 7:19 am
afghanistan, indian consulate, Mazar-i-Sharif, indian consulate attack, indian consulate in afghanistan attacked, Mazar-i-Sharif indian consulate attack, afghanistan news, india news, latest news An unidentified Indian consulate official was quoted by AFP as saying, “We are being attacked. Fighting is going on.”

EXPLOSIONS AND gunfire erupted just meters from India’s consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late on Sunday night, as four heavily-armed terrorists attempted to storm the building. Muneer Farhad, a spokesman for Atta Mohammad Noor, the Governor of Balkh province, said two gunmen had been killed, while two more were still exchanging fire with security forces when reports last came in.

Residents living in the Kart-e Zoaruddin area said they heard two loud explosions, followed by several bursts of automatic gunfire, a little after 10 pm Indian time. “We are under fire,” Brajabashi Sarkar, India’s Consul General in Mazar-i-Sharif said.

The attack came even as Indian security forces continued to battle Jaish-e-Muhammad terrorists who struck at the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot early on Saturday, just a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Lahore in a surprise peace bid.

Afghan security sources said the attackers retreated into a building owned by local Uzbek politician, Sayed Noorullah Sadat, which is rented out to a United States government-funded aid programme. The building, sources said, had been surrounded by Afghan security forces.

Earlier in the day, Afghans — among them President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, former President Hamid Karzai and National Security Advisor Hanif Atmar — had cheered their team as it played India in the South Asia Football Federation cup, in a show of goodwill between the two countries.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said no Indian casualties had been reported.

The attack is the latest in a series of strikes on Indian diplomatic facilities, stretching back to 2008. In 2014, three suicide bombers sought to overrun the Indian consulate in Herat, and take its staff hostage, in an assault timed to coincide with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s swearing-in. Afghanistan’s intelligence services, and the US, blamed the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attack.

In August 2013, nine residents, including seven schoolchildren, were killed when suicide bombers sought to strike the Indian consulate in the city of Jalalabad.

— With agencies

 

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  1. मनीष
    Jan 4, 2016 at 5:54 am
    Thanks for reading the comment. My goal is to maximize the audience.
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      SK
      Jan 4, 2016 at 3:52 am
      Some relationship with stan may be needed but to trust them is another thing. Nawaz Sharif is a prime minister in name only the real master is Raheel sharif who is a terrorist and thinking he would behave is to live in a fool's paradise. Keep talking but return Pak in the same coin.
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      1. C
        Caamano
        Jan 3, 2016 at 11:52 pm
        Islam is the curse on the humanrace, or is it that evils don't become human just by converting to Islam?
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          Aditya
          Jan 3, 2016 at 5:40 pm
          Javdekar yeasterday said that one attack is not enough to destroy talks and here is the second one and counting goes on . s will give PEACE in mouth of MODI itself .
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            Dipak
            Jan 4, 2016 at 3:28 am
            Raheel Sharif, the Terrorist.
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            1. d
              dv1936
              Jan 3, 2016 at 9:02 pm
              What is India doing in Afghanistan. It is a Muslim country like stan and can never be trusted as a friend of India.
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              1. H
                Honest Citizen
                Jan 4, 2016 at 12:27 am
                Nawaaz had a party in his house for his birthday and he needed a tawaef to dance in the party, so he called Modi to stan, now that party is over, modi will say something.
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                1. H
                  Honest Citizen
                  Jan 4, 2016 at 12:25 am
                  cxx
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                    Karthick Jayaraman
                    Jan 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm
                    porkis are trying their best i guess. Time to teach them a lesson.
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                      Javid Miakhel
                      Jan 4, 2016 at 11:13 am
                      the consulate and emby is the property of a country. As Afghan I would like to see what India will give answer to s for this attack. Last month prime Modi inagurated the newly build compound of Afghan Parliament which was build by India. Now s are destroying Indian consulate. Don't any one Think that it's time to take stani issue to security council?
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                        Me Marathi
                        Jan 4, 2016 at 5:07 am
                        The evil axis of popat starts from turkey to pukistan ( more fanatic) and in some places like indonesia, malaysia, phillipines ( though they are less fanatic). Time to quarantine and nuke them.
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                          Mannu
                          Jan 4, 2016 at 1:57 am
                          Sanghis and RSS should patrol at the border instead copy/pasting here .. sickos.
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                            ARK
                            Jan 10, 2016 at 7:29 am
                            Our Nation build and believe in brotherhood and peaceful coexistence with our neighbour everytime our patiencehad been tested by our neighbour we still maitain our silence that doesn't mean weakness We still believe stan will responsed otherwise face the inevitable
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                              Prof.Rais Akhtar
                              Jan 3, 2016 at 6:08 pm
                              In the terrorist infested country of Afghanistan,India must not opens up consulates in different provinces. Kabul India Emby is enough for diplomatic works.
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                                David
                                Jan 3, 2016 at 7:40 pm
                                Did you forget stan.
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                                1. H
                                  Honest citizen
                                  Jan 4, 2016 at 12:01 am
                                  Yes stop importing onion from stan
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                                  1. H
                                    Honest citizen
                                    Jan 3, 2016 at 11:59 pm
                                    Why not Indian govt follow the Israeli principle ' ten teeth for loss of one tooth, and 10 Hamas for 1 Israeli. I request Modi govt not to follow the same principle as that of previous govts . For India there should be no tollarence in this matter.
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                                      rastkar
                                      Jan 3, 2016 at 9:53 pm
                                      stan is exporting suicide bombers fanatics in the name of taliban killing innocent people. India is helping rebuilding afghanistan.
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                                        autonomous
                                        Jan 3, 2016 at 9:27 pm
                                        Its time for indian muslims should raise their voice against these Islamic terrorism. Indian soldiers sheding their blood fighting with these terrorist. And this is the reward for the country which try to have peace with neighbour country. India is the big democratic and secularised country in the world. Its time for every religious people Muslims,Hindus,christians,Sikhs,Buddhists, jains ..etc we should stand unite against every terrorism against India.We should show our patriotism proving all are one i.e we are "INDIANS"we stand against terrorism.
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                                          undefined
                                          Jan 4, 2016 at 2:10 am
                                          In 1972 India fed Islamic Republic of stan soldiers halal Hyderabad briyani!
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                                            undefined
                                            Jan 4, 2016 at 2:04 am
                                            Why you beg them? Why you did partion?
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