Taliban car bomb kills 4 at German consulate in Afghanistan

November 10, 2016

A suicide car bomb at the German consulate in Afghanistan killed at least four people and injured more than 100, three of whom were Afghan police officers, police said.

The Taliban took credit for a car bomb Thursday night that was driven into the side of the German consulate and detonated, which the militant group said was in response to U.S. airstrikes a week ago that killed more than 30 civilians.

After the explosion, fighting continued both inside and outside the consulate as other militants were turned back from the complex by German, Afghan and NATO troops.

Mazar-i-Sharif is the capital of the Balkh province and is one of the most peaceful cities in the country, and is not a Taliban stronghold.

Local residents said they heard and felt the explosion, which was described as “very powerful” by local Police Chief Abdul Razaq Qaderi. The blast shattered windows in nearby buildings, which caused many of the injuries connected to the attack.

The Nov. 3 airstrikes were called in by U.S. troops who were accompanying Afghan forces on a “train, advise, assist” mission targeting Taliban commanders in the city. When the soldiers came under heavy gunfire, they called for air support.

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