2013 attack on U.S. consulate in Herat
|2013 attack on U.S. consulate in Herat|
|Part of War in Afghanistan (2001–present)|
Location of Herat Province in Afghanistan
|Date||13 September 2013
|Truck bombing, mass shooting|
|Weapons||Truck bomb, assault rifles, RPGs|
|Deaths||8 Attackers, 8 Guards, and 1 Afghan Police Officer|
The U.S. consulate in Herat, Afghanistan was attacked on September 13, 2013 by a group of Taliban militants. Reports indicated that the assault began at 5:30 am on the front gate of the consulate. A large truck drove up to the Consulate's primary vehicle entry point and detonated a massive improvised explosive charge, causing extensive damage. A minivan carrying an assault team armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades arrived and opened fire, moving into the Consulate compound. Then, the driver of the minivan ignited a bomb inside the minivan, which exploded a short time afterwards. Eight Afghan members of the consulate's guard force and one Afghan police officer were killed. An unknown number of bystanders were wounded. A gun battle ensued, and all seven attackers were killed. No Americans were killed or seriously injured. The Department of State awarded Heroism Awards to several of the consulate's defenders.
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