Afghanistan Taliban attack US consulate Herat

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    Herat explosion: Afghanistan Taliban attack consulate


    Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have attacked the US consulate in the western city of Herat.

    The Taliban said a suicide bomber had detonated explosives early on Friday, before other fighters opened fire.

    Initial reports say seven people have been wounded. A gun battle between insurgents and security forces is ongoing near the building.

    It is the latest in a series of attacks ahead of the withdrawal of foreign combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014.

    Earlier this month Taliban targeted the Torkham US base in eastern Afghanistan, sparking a lengthy gun battle in which three insurgents were killed.


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    Taliban attacks US consulate in Afghanistan


    Taliban militants staged a suicide car bombing and then engaged in a gunfight with security forces near the American consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat early Friday. Afghan officials said an Afghan translator was killed, but the US said all of its consulate personnel were safe.


    The attack, which injured several people, including police, underscored the perilous security situation in Afghanistan, where US-led troops are reducing their presence ahead of a full withdrawal planned for next year. The insurgent strikes are no longer concentrated in the country’s south and east, but occur with troubling frequency in the north and west, which have been the more peaceful areas in years past.

    Qari Yousef Ahmadi, a spokesman for the Taliban, claimed responsibility on behalf of the militant group, which has often staged combined car bomb and gun attacks in the past.

    Friday’s attack began around 6 a.m. with the powerful blast

    The car bomber detonated his explosives around 60 meters (66 yards) away from the consulate compound, said Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, the governor of Herat province. Other militants then began firing on security forces in the area.

    Footage broadcast on Afghanistan’s Tolo television network showed Afghan police dragging away a badly bloodied person from the scene — it was unclear if he was dead or who he was. Rubble and twisted pieces of metal lay strewn in a seemingly wide area near the consulate, the footage showed.

    Gen. Rahmatullah Safi, chief of police in Herat province, said an Afghan translator who apparently worked for the consulate died in the attack, while two police and two private Afghan security guards at the US post were wounded. One police officer was caught under some rubble in the area, and it was not immediately clear if he was killed, Safi said.

    An unclear number of civilians also were wounded, Safi said. The governor put the number at seven.

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