The attackers also reportedly got into a firefight with security forces near the building. The city is in Afghanistan’s western region, where attacks have become more frequent.
Herad provincial governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi told the AP that the bomber reportedly set his explosive off around 66 yards away from the compound, followed by gunfire from his comrades.
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AFP’s updated report appears below:
Heavily armed gunmen in suicide vests detonated a truck bomb outside the US consulate in the Afghan city of Herat, sparking a shootout with American forces early Friday, officials said. US State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said there were…
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