All Well In Mazar-I-Sharif After Indian Consulate Was Attacked In Afghanistan: Envoy

04/01/2016 9:24 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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Afghan security personnel keep watch along a street after an unknown number of assailants mounted the attack from a building close to the Indian consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, prompting Afghan forces to cordon off the area, late on January 3, 2016. Explosions and gunfire rang out on January 3 as militants attempted to storm the Indian diplomatic mission in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, following a deadly assault on an air base in India near the Pakistan border. AFP PHOTO / FARSHAD USYAN / AFP / FARSHAD USYAN (Photo credit should read FARSHAD USYAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- Everyone at the Indian consulate in Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which came under attack by unidentified gunmen tonight, is safe and security forces are clearing the area, India's Ambassador to Afghanistan said.

"All well at consulate. Security forces clearing area around," Ambassador Amar Sinha tweeted.

B Sarkar, Consul General at the consulate said the shooting lasted for 20 minutes. "They shot from some adjacent building but nobody could enter the consulate.

There was no immediate comment from the Ministry of External Affairs in Delhi, which said further details are awaited.

Today's strike is yet another attack over Indian assets in war-torn Afghanistan.

The attack took place even as the encounter by the security forces with Pakistani terrorists who attacked IAF base in Pathankot in Punjab yesterday continued for the second day.

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