Indian Mission Staff Safe in Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif Heavy Fighting…

Heavy Fighting On In Afghanistan’s Mazar-i-Sharif, Indian Mission Staff Safe:

KABUL: There was Heavy fighting today, hours after terrorists attempted to storm the Indian diplomatic mission in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif as special forces carried out clearing operations with India’s Ambassador saying all were safe in the consulate.

Amar Sinha said we are Clearing operations in Mazar-i-Sharif on by special forces, Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan. He also said, “Heavy fighting going on,” and Balkh province’s Governor Atta Muhammad Noor was personally monitoring the situation.

Mr Sinha said, in a tweet, all were safe in the consulate. Explosions and gunfire rang out last night as terrorists attempted to storm the Indian diplomatic mission in Mazar-i-Sharif.

Indian and Afghan security forces were jointly engaged in a gun-battle with at least two unidentified attackers, who attempted to strike the Indian consulate.

In all 4-5 attackers were killed this operation, at least 2 terrorists are unidentified attackers are present in Indian consulate sources said.

The sources said a contingent of Afghanistan security forces and India’s Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) were retaliating and combating intermittent gunfire that is emanating from a building near the consulate since last night and it is believed that at least 2-3 attackers are still active out of the total of 4-5 who attempted to storm the heavily guarded complex.

“Two attackers are believed to be killed after security forces engaged them,” they said.

At least 4-5 rocket rounds and numerous bullet rounds have been fired towards the Indian complex, they said, but none of them hit the building.

The sources said.”A tight cordon has been created by the Afghan security forces on the outside and Indo-Tibetan Border Police personnel in the proximate circle of the consulate.

The forces have been asked to ensure zero movement outside the consulate. No group claimed responsibility for the attack which came just a day after Pakistani terrorists attacked an IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab.

The attack also comes days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Kabul on a brief visit on December 25 during which he inaugurated the new building for Afghan Parliament built by India at a cost of USD 90 million.

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