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Four heavily armed insurgents attack Indian Consulate in Afghanistan

May 22, 2014 - Kabul

Four heavily armed insurgents attacked Indian Consulate in Western Afghanistan's Herat province on Friday injuring two policemen.

The Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi spoke to the Indian Ambassador in Afghanistan Amasr Sinha. While condemning the attack he assured him of all support to the staff.

Staff safe

External Affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that all the staff in the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan are safe. Akbaruddin also tweeted: "Brave ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) personnel and Afghan soldiers rebut the attackers. Operations are underway. Indian and Afghan officials are in touch over the attack. Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh is monitoring the situation."

SPG cover to Narendra Modi's family

Security officials are extending Special Protection Group security to the wife of Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi and his mother. The three brothers and two sisters of Modi will get Z-category security provided by the State police. Narendra Modi wife Jashodaben and mother Hiraben live in Gujarat while his wife Jashodaben lives separately. According to official sources, the SPG commandos were already sent to Gujarat to assess security.

Pakistan condemns attack

Pakistan today condemned the attack on the Indian consulate. In a statement from the foreign office spokesperson said that 'Pakistan condemns the reported gunmen attack on the Consulate General of India in Herat today and reiterates its condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. No cause justifies targeting of diplomatic missions. It is a matter of relief that no one from the consulate staff was hurt.'

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