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Indian consulate attack: 3 terrorists still holding fort and retaliating; mission staff safe

New Delhi: Following a botched attempt to storm the Indian consulate in Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on late Sunday, three militants reportedly are still holding their fort inside a house close to the diplomatic mission, with Afghan security forcescordoning off the area and mounting a final assault to end the siege.

All the personnel at the Indian consulate are safe and the building has been secured, the Afghan authorities have confirmed.

The Afghan forces have killed at least three militants so far. According to the latest reports, an Afghan police officer has been killed in the gunfight, while three terrorists have barricaded themselves inside a house and retaliating.

On Sunday night, some 5 or 6 militants had tried to attack the Indian consulate in the city. However, the prompt action by the Afghan forces have repelled the attack. The militants then took shelter in a house close to the consulate and from where they resumed their gunfight on Monday.

Images taken from the scene show the Afghan troops being heli-dropped at the encounter site in a bid to consolidate their positions.

No group has so far claimed responsibility for the raid. Afghan authorities have said the militants are heavily armed.

On Monday afternoon, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to update him about on the latest development.

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