Written by Staff Writer
23 May, 2014 | 9:46 am
The Indian consulate in the Afghan city of Herat was attacked early this morning by three gunmen who tried to enter the building and later fired from neighbouring buildings. Two of the attackers have reportedly been killed.
The assault, which began at 3.25 am, has reportedly been on for several hours. The local police was quoted as saying that three gunmen opened fire on the consulate from a nearby home with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.
The area is surrounded by security forces, including soldiers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin told NDTV, “Earlier this morning the consulate was attacked. Our brave ITBP personnel and Afghan soldiers were successful in rebutting the attack. All Indian personnel are safe.”
He added that Afghanistan officials were in touch with India and senior officials including Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh was monitoring the situation.
The attack comes on a day Islamabad is expected to inform India whether Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will come for Narendra Modi’s swearing in as Prime Minister on Monday.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai has confirmed that he will attend the oath ceremony.
Herat lies near Afghanistan’s border with Iran and is considered one of the safer cities in the country, with a strong Iranian influence.
India has invested more than $2 billion in Afghan projects, including roads and power projects.
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