India has been under terror attack not only in Pathankot but in Afghanistan as well. After an intense 25-hour gun-battle between security forces and terrorists outside the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif. the siege came to end with the killing of all the attackers who attempted to storm the Mission building. “The clearance operation is over and all the terrorists have all been killed,” said provincial police chief Sayed Kamal Sadat.
According to some media reports one of the attackers was captured alive but there was no confirmation about it. A group of terrorists had attacked the Consulate at around 9.15 pm 3rd January with an aim of storming the building but their plan was thwarted by the security forces.
Subsequently, some more terrorists were holed up in a five-storey building about 100 metres across the road from the Indian Consulate and security forces had launched a daunting onslaught to neutralise them.
“Our search operation is still going on inside the building,” government spokesman Shir Jan Durrani said. According to him, one policeman was killed and 11 others injured in the encounter.
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi who told him that India will always stand with the people of Afghanistan notwithstanding the terror attack on the Consulate.
Ghani had briefed PM Modi about the terror strike and Modi in return expressed his deep appreciation for the exemplary bravery and courage shown by the Afghan National Security Forces in thwarting the terrorist attack and ensuring security and safety of the Indian Consulate and personnel.
While there has been no damage to the five-storeyed and pink-coloured Consulate building A strong contingent of over four-dozen ITBP commandos has been securing this facility from 2008 apart from three other missions in the country and the main Embassy in the capital, Kabul.
The security of these sensitive facilities were recently heightened after the ITBP deployed over 35 commandos at Indian missions in Kabul, Jalalabad, Herat, Kandhar and Mazar-i-Sharif.