Gunmen attack Indian consulate in Afghanistan

One gunman was shot dead and the assailants replled, foreign ministry says

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 1:08pm
UPDATED : Friday, 23 May, 2014, 1:11pm


Gunmen attacked India’s consulate in the main western Afghan city of Herat today before being repelled by security forces, the foreign ministry in New Delhi said.

“Earlier this morning, the Indian consulate in Herat was attacked,” foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin told the news channel NDTV.

“One gunman was shot by the ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) while they were trying to breach the consulate,” he said, adding that Indian and Afghan security forces had been “successful in rebutting this attack”.

While there was no word from India of who was behind the attack, it comes days after incoming prime minister Narendra Modi invited Pakistan’s premier Nawaz Sharif to his inauguration ceremony in Delhi next Monday.

India has previously accused Pakistan’s security services of being behind attacks on Indian targets in Afghanistan.

While Pakistan was the main ally of Afghanistan’s Taliban regime before its ouster in the wake of the September 11 attacks in 2001, India was one of the Islamists’ chief enemies.