Wednesday 17 January 2018

Two dead after Taliban bombs hit US consulate

Amir Shah and Nahal Toosi

Taliban militants unleashed car bombs at the US consulate in western Afghanistan, triggering a firefight with security forces in an attack that killed two Afghans and wounded 17.

The US said its personnel from the mission were safe and most of them were temporarily relocated to Kabul, while American forces secured the site.

The attack in the city of Herat yesterday – along with a suicide truck bombing in the country's east that wounded seven Afghans – raises concerns of spreading insecurity in Afghanistan, as US-led troops reduce their presence ahead of a full withdrawal next year.

It came two days after the 12th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and just after Afghans had spent the previous day-and-a-half celebrating their nation's first international soccer championship.

Irish Independent

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