Afghanistan: Heavy Firing Underway Near Indian Consulate In Mazar-e-Sharif

Kabul/Afghanistan; Jan.4:  Heavy fighting was on Monday hours after militants attempted to storm the Indian diplomatic mission in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif as special forces carried out clearing operations with India's Ambassador here saying all were safe in the Consulate.

"Clearing ops in Mazar on by special forces. Heavy fighting going on. GOV Atta personally monitoring. All safe in consulate," Ambassador of India to Afghanistan Amar Sinha tweeted.

Officials said the attackers had unsuccessfully tried to enter the consulate compound and were now in an adjacent building. Security forces have cordoned off the area.

Indian missions have come under attack in the past in Afghanistan.

No group said it was behind the attack.

In 2008 and 2009, the embassy in Kabul was attacked twice, with dozens killed.

In May 2014, heavily-armed gunmen attacked the Indian consulate in Herat, while in August 2013 nine civilians died when the consulate in Jalalabad was targeted.

The recent attack in Mazar-e-Sharif comes after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Kabul last month.

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