2014 attack on Indian consulate in Herat
|2014 Attack on Indian Consulate in Herat|
|Part of War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|
Location of Herat Province in Afghanistan
|Date||23 May 2014
The Indian consulate in Herat, Afghanistan was attacked around 3:15 a.m. on 23 May 2014 by four heavily-armed militants. All the attackers were killed during a lengthy gun battle, one by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBF) and three by the Afghan security forces.
No one in the consulate's staff was injured. A squad of 23 ITBF personnel was guarding the consulate. The consulate, located in central Herat, enjoys extensive protection comparable only to the U.S. consulate in the city. It has at least three layers of security, and visitors must walk 200 m to reach it as the road leading to it is barricaded.
According to Abdul Sami Qatra, the provincial police chief, the militants opened fire on the consulate from a nearby home with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai spoke to India's Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi after the attack and called it "an attack on Afghanistan, India and our shared interests". Narendra Modi condemned the attack and assured support to Amar Sinha, the Indian ambassador to Afghanistan.
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