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Published on : Friday, November 11, 2016
The bombing on Thursday was claimed by the Taliban, which called it a “revenge attack” for a US air strike in the volatile province of Kunduz earlier this month that left up to 32 civilians dead.
A car packed with explosives was rammed into the high outer wall surrounding the consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif. Authorities are investigating if a second car was involved.
A huge explosion, followed by sporadic gunfire, reverberated across the usually tranquil city, smashing windows of nearby shops and leaving terrified local residents fleeing for cover.
The attack resulted in heavy damage to parts of the consulate and troops were now on site securing the building and preparing to evacuate its personnel.
Helicopters were heard flying over the diplomatic mission early on Friday as ambulances with wailing sirens rushed to the area.
German officials in Kabul have declined to comment. A diplomatic source in Berlin said Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier had convened a crisis meeting at his ministry.