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Newsline: 6 killed in Taliban attack on German consulate in Afghanistan

Heavily armed Taliban militants attacked the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late, killing and injuring Afghan personnel before being repelled by special forces. The assault left at least six dead and many injured after German and Afghan security forces pressed back assailants on the grounds and in the consulate building in Afghanistan’s third-largest city, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters Friday in Berlin. Deutsche Presse-Agentur put the number of injured at more than 120. Taliban fighters detonated a truck bomb in front of the German consulate on Thursday night in retaliation for the country’s alleged assistance with a U.S. air raid in Kunduz on Nov. 3 by providing intelligence, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told DPA. That attack earlier this month killed more than 30 civilians. No Germans were hurt in Thursday’s bombing.



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