German consulate comes under attack in Afghanistan
Germany’s consulate in northern Afghanistan was attacked late Thursday when a suicide car bomber rammed the compound, a senior police official said.
The car exploded at the gate of the consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif city, destroying the gate and wall around 11:10 p.m. local time, said Abdul Raziq Qaderi, head of security for Balkh province. He said three police were wounded.
“Police have surrounded the area and our forces are inside the compound,” he said.
The Taliban issued a statement saying they had sent suicide attackers to the consulate.
Sher Jan Durrani, spokesman for the police chief of Balkh province, said early Friday that a gunbattle was going on at the consulate.
Walter Hassmann, the German ambassador to Afghanistan, confirmed the “incident is ongoing” and provided no further details.