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Indian consulate in Afghan city Mazar-i-Sharif attacked; twin explosions and shots heard

On One Hand Where India Was Battling The Shocking Attack By Terrorists In Pathankot Air Force Base, Reports Of Explosions, Gunfire Were Reported Near Indian Consulate In Afghan City Of Mazar-e-Sharif.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Devika Chhibber | Updated on: 03 Jan 2016, 11:39:54 PM

New Delhi :

 On one hand where India was battling the shocking attack by terrorists in Pathankot Air Force Base, reports of explosions, gunfire were reported near Indian consulate in Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif.

The attack took place on Sunday with an unknown number of gunmen attempting to enter the compound after twin explosions and shots were heard, the spokesman for the local governor said.

The news of the attack came at a time when Indian security forces were still trying to suppress an assault on an air base near the border with Pakistan that has killed at least seven military personnel and wounded 20 others.

"We are being attacked. Fighting is going on," an Indian consulate official told AFP by telephone from inside the compound.

Two of the four attackers have been killed by Afghan special forces. No Indian causalities have been reported. Further details are awaited by Ministry of External Affairs of India.

Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told News Nation that all Indians in the consulate are safe.

India has a three-member consulate in the northern Balkh district. 

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First Published : 03 Jan 2016, 10:58:00 PM