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Indian consulate in Afghanistan under attack by gunmen

The Indian consulate in Afghanistan came under attack on Sunday as gunmen attempted to enter the compound following twin explosions, a spokesman for the local governor said.

Afghan security forces battled a group of gunmen near the consulate in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, officials said, as gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades rocked the surrounding area.

The attack, launched from a nearby house, came as Indian security forces were still trying to suppress an assault on an air base near the border withPakistan that has killed at least seven military personnel and wounded 20 others.

With an unknown number of gunmen holed up in the house across the street from the consulate, special forces units prepared an operation to clear the attackers, police spokesman Shir Jan Durani said.

No details were immediately available on any casualties or damage or on the number of attackers and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Taliban claim suicide blast in Afghan capital

At the scene security force personnel blocked off the site Credit: APTN

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on restaurant in Kabul that killed a 12-year-old boy and left more than a dozen people wounded, according to officials.

The bombing on Friday is the latest in a series of suicide attacks in the Afghan capital and targeted "Le Jardin", a restaurant popular with foreigners.

A police official said five people had been wounded in the blast, although a Taliban Twitter account said many "invaders" had been wounded or killed.

At the scene, large numbers of police and security force personnel blocked off the site, which was partially illuminated by flames from the explosion.


One dead and 13 injured in Kabul suicide attack

A suicide bomber killed at least one person and wounded 13 in an attack on a road near Kabul airport, officials in the Afghan capital said on Monday.

Suicide bomber kills one and injures 13 in road leading to Kabul airport. Credit: PA

A police officer at the scene told Reuters the suicide bomber walked up to a white pickup truck and detonated explosives he was wearing. A minibus was also destroyed by the explosion, which shattered the windows of nearby shops.

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they were targeting a military convoy.

Officials say all victims of the attacks were civilians.

The incident follows a series of attacks this month claimed by Taliban insurgents, including an assault on a Spanish embassy guesthouse in the capital that began on Dec. 11 and a suicide bombing near Bagram air base that killed six American troops last week.


Afghan suicide bomber kills six US soldiers

The attack near Bagram air base killed six soldiers. Credit: Reuters

Six American soldiers have been killed in a suicide attack at a US-Afghan patrol near Bagram air base in Afghanistan.

A suicide bomber on a motorbike is said to have carried out the attack at around 1.30pm local time in the vicinity of the base - which is the biggest US military facility in Afghanistan.

An US official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that all six victims were US nationals.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on social media.

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