Afghan forces end stand­off near In­dian con­sulate

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

KABUL — Afghan spe­cial forces have ended a stand­off with gun­men holed up near the In­dian Con­sulate in the coun­try’s north and have killed all the at­tack­ers af­ter a 24-hour gun­bat­tle, of­fi­cials said Tues­day. The stand­off be­gan on Sun­day night in the city of Mazar-iSharif, when three gun­men tried to storm the con­sulate, and then re­treated into an adjacent, fourstory build­ing. Later, Afghan troops rap­pelled from he­li­copters onto the roof of the build­ing to drive out the gun­men. Sar­war Hus­saini, a po­lice spokesman in north­ern Balkh prov­ince, said the stand­off ended late Mon­day night. There were three gun­men and all were killed while 10 peo­ple were wounded dur­ing the clashes, in­clud­ing five civil­ians who got caught in the cross­fire, he said. No one has so far claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.

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