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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    1. S
      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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          1. D
            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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