2016 bombing of the German consulate at Mazar-i-Sharif

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Bombing of the German consulate at Mazar-i-Sharif
Part of War in Afghanistan
LocationMazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
Date10 November 2016 (2016-11-10)
23:05 (UTC+04:30)
TargetGerman consulate
Attack type
Truck bombing, suicide attack
Deaths6 (+2 bombers)
Injuries
129
PerpetratorsTaliban

A group of three suicide attackers rammed a truck bomb into the wall of the German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan on 10 November 2016. Six people were killed (as well as two of the bombers) and more than 120 others were injured, while the sole remaining attacker was captured by Afghan security forces.[1][2] The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the bombing was in retaliation for an airstrike in Kunduz that killed 30 civilians the week before.[3]

Event[edit]

At about 23:05 local time, a suicide bomber rammed a truck into the side of the German consulate. The truck exploded, killing six people and injuring dozens of others.[2][3] A shooting was also initially reported but was later reported to be from German soldiers firing warning shots to keep people away from the area.[3]

The Resolute Support Mission troops were been deployed to the scene to investigate. It is possible that two bombs were involved as the damage to the consulate was so extensive that it is unlikely one bomb could've caused it.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "German consulate in Afghanistan". foxnews.com. Associated Press. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Fahim, Hamid. "Taliban attack German consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif". yahoo.com. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d "Huge blast near German consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan". rt.com. Russia Today. Retrieved 10 November 2016.