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Newsline: India’s consulate in Afghanistan attacked

Explosions and gunfire rang out Sunday as militants attempted to storm the Indian diplomatic mission in Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif city, following a deadly assault on an air base in India near the Pakistan border. The attacks threaten to derail Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bold diplomatic outreach to arch-rival Pakistan following his first official visit to Afghanistan. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the raid on the consulate in the northern Afghan city, the latest in a series of assaults on Indian installations in the country. “We are being attacked,” an Indian consulate official told AFP by telephone from inside the heavily-guarded compound. “Fighting is still going on.” The official, who was hunkered down in a secure area within the complex, said all consulate employees were safe and accounted for. Loud grenade explosions and gunshots were heard as an unknown number of assailants mounted the attack from a building close to the consulate, prompting Afghan forces to cordon off the area.



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