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Gunmen Attack Indian Consulate in Western Afghan City

Image: Afghan military personnel take position at the scene of an attack on the Indian consulate in Herat
Afghan military personnel take position at the scene of an attack on the Indian consulate in Herat on May 23, 2014. AFP - Getty Images

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Gunmen opened fire early Friday on the Indian consulate in the western city of Herat, but no staffers were hurt, authorities said.

At least three gunmen entered a home near the consulate in the center of town at dawn and started firing on the compound, said Gen. Samillah Qatra, provincial police chief of Herat.

He said none of the gunmen managed to penetrate the consulate’s perimeter, and two of them were shot dead. He said the last one was holed up in the home’s basement.

Image: Shots fired at Indian consulate in western Afghanistan
Afghan soldiers take position outside the Indian consulate in Herat during a gunbattle with attackers on Friday.JALIL REZAYEE / EPA

The Indian Embassy in Kabul told NBC News that none of its staff in Herat were hurt.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Last August, a bomb attack against the Indian consulate in Jalalabad near the Pakistan border killed nine people but no Indian officials were hurt, the AP said. Two attacks on the Indian Embassy in Kabul in 2008 and 2009 killed 75.

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