US Consulate In Herat, Afghanistan, Attacked

Source: Dana Hughes / ABC News

The American Consulate in the western Afghanistan city of Herat, came under attack early this morning, the U.S. State Department confirms.

The attack began around 5:30 a.m. local time when militants drove to the front of the consulate’s gate. Once they reached the check point, the militants began attacking the consulate’s perimeter security officers, possibly firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles. Shortly after, the entire truck exploded, damaging the front gate of the consulate, according to State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

Non-security staff at the consulate immediately took shelter while American and contractor security personnel fought with the militants, who had breached the compound, Harf said in a statement. Some of the attackers, according to Harf, appeared to be wearing suicide bombs.

“Full details are not known of the extent of the attack at this point, but the attack is currently over,” Harf said.

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