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Modi condemns Indian consulate attack in Herat; says monitoring situation

Agencies  New Delhi, May 23, 2014
First Published: 13:25 IST(23/5/2014) | Last Updated: 21:01 IST(23/5/2014)

Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Friday condemned the attack on Indian consulate in Herat province of Afghanistan and said he is closely monitoring the situation.

Modi, who is here ahead of his swearing-in on Monday, said he spoke to Indian Ambassador in Afghanistan Amar Sinha following the attack this morning.

"I condemn the attack on our consulate in Herat, Afghanistan. Closely monitoring the situation. I have spoken to the Ambassador as well," he tweeted.

Read: Attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat thwarted, all four gunmen killed

Gunmen armed with heavy weapons including rocket propelled grenades launched a pre-dawn assault on the consulate during which three attackers were killed. All the diplomatic staff were safe.

Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha said three gunmen were killed, one by ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) and two by Afghan police, out of four attackers who struck the consulate which houses two buildings.

He said there were nine Indians in the mission apart from local Afghans.

Below is the list of attacks on Indian missions in Afghanistan prior to the strike carried out on Friday:

July 7, 2007 - The Indian consulate in Jalalabad attacked, 41 people were killed.

December 15, 2007 - Two bombs thrown into the Jalalabad consulate.

July 7, 2008 - Attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul killed 66 people.

July 9, 2008 - Attack on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad province, killed six people including two Indians.

October 8, 2009 - Indian embassy in Kabul attacked, 17 people killed.

February 26, 2010 - Attack at the Indian embassy in Kabul.

August 3, 2013 - Attack intended on the Indian consulate in Jalalabad, eight children killed.

(With inputs from IANS and PTI)

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