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Pakistan condemns attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan

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ISLAMABAD:  Pakistan condemned the attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat on Friday and reiterated its stance against terrorism in all forms and manifestations.

HunzaNews May 23,2014

According to Indian officials, unidentified armed men attacked the Indian consulate from a house nearby. Clashes occurred between the attackers, and the Indian and Afghan security personnel.

Presidential spokesperson Aimal Faizi said that Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the attack. She further added that the attack will not have a negative impact on the Afghan-India ties but will instead strengthen them.

Afghan Deputy Interior Minister Gen Ayub Salangi told Tolo News that no Indian died in the attack. Spokesperson of Pakistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement, “no cause justifies targeting of diplomatic missions. It is a relief that no one from the consulate staff was hurt.”

Afghan journalist Mohammad Qazi Zadah, who was at the scene, told The Express Tribune that the assailants entered the nearby house at 3am and started firing. The Indian security men, guarding the consulate, responded to the attack and were later joined by the Afghan forces.

Indian embassy in Kabul and Indian External Affairs spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin confirmed the attack, adding that all diplomats were safe.

The Indian External Affairs spokesperson tweeted that four attackers had been killed and all the staff of the consulate was safe:


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