All consulate officials in Mazar-i-Sharif safe: Jaitley

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New Delhi, Jan.4 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday asserted that all consulate officials were safe post the terror attack on Afghanistan’s northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif.

He also said that firing was still going on and the security forces were trying to gun down the terrorists.

“All consulate officials in Mazar are safe, latest reports say firing still going on,” Jaitley told ANI.

“The National Security Council was chaired by Prime Minster Narendra Modi at 11 a.m. and three main issues were raised-Mazar-i-Sharif attack, Pathankot and the northeast earthquake,” he added.

Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called up Prime Minister Narendra Modi and briefed him about the terror attack in Mazar-i-Sharif.

The Prime Minister on his part thanked President Ghani for his support.

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Firing continued for the second day today near the Indian mission in Afghanistan as the final assault by Afghan forces began in Mazar-i-Sharif.

“Clearing ops in Mazar on by special forces. Heavy fighting going on. GOV Atta personally monitoring. All safe in consulate,” Ambassador of India to Afghanistan Amar Sinha tweeted.

While Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officials handled the militants initially on their own, the Afghan Special Forces have joined and now engaged with terrorists along with ITBP.

Unknown number of militants attacked from a building close to the consulate which quickly prompted Afghan forces to cordon off the area.

The attack came close on the heels of the terrorists attack at the Pathankot air base. (ANI)

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