Ger­man con­sulate comes un­der at­tack in Afghanistan

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

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.

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