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Taliban Strike German Consulate in Afghan City of Mazar-i-Sharif

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan — Taliban insurgents struck at the German consulate in the northern commercial hub of Mazar-i-Sharif late Thursday night, killing at least two people and wounding at least 84, Afghan officials said.

Sayid Sarwar Hussaini, the spokesman for the regional police zone in northern Afghanistan, said there were two large explosions at the Mazar Hotel, which German diplomats have been using as their consulate in the city. A suicide car bomb apparently initiated the attack, followed by a later explosion inside the hotel.

Fighting continued in the area of the hospital, according to Afghan officials.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, called the attack a reprisal for airstrikes in Kunduz this week.

Mirwais Rabee, the head of the public health department in Balkh Province, which includes Mazar-i-Sharif, said the dead and wounded had been transferred to the regional hospital there.

Source: NYT > World

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