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Taliban attack German consulate in Afghanistan, 4 dead

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, called the attack "revenge" for a US airstrike in the volatile province of Kunduz earlier this month that left up to 32 civilians dead
Afghan security forces run for the site of Afghan Justice Ministry following an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. Assailants, some wearing suicide vests, attacked the Justice Ministry and another government building in Afghanistan's capital Wednesday, causing multiple deaths and forcing workers to flee from building windows. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attacks. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

Taliban militants struck at the German Consulate in the northern commercial hub of Mazar-i-Sharif late Thursday night, killing at least four people and wounding at least 90, CBSNews has reported.

The car exploded at the gate of the consulate in Mazar-i-Sharif city, destroying the gate and wall around 11.10 p.m. local time, said Abdul Raziq Qaderi, head of security for Balkh province. He said three police were wounded.

“Police have surrounded the area and our forces are inside the compound,” he said.

Sayid Sarwar Hussaini, spokesman for the regional police zone in northern Afghanistan, said that 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 at the compound’s security wall, followed by gunfire and an explosion inside the hotel.

At least two dead bodies and more than 100 wounded people – including at least ten children – had so far been brought to two local city hospitals, The Local reported.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, called the attack “revenge” for a US airstrike in the volatile province of Kunduz earlier this month that left up to 32 civilians dead.

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