Afghans attack U.S. Consulate; 4 die

AFP-JIJI

At least four Afghans were killed Friday in a Taliban suicide attack on the U.S. Consulate in the Afghan city of Herat, the State Department said Friday.

There were no U.S. casualties in the attack on Herat, a key business hub in western Afghanistan near the border with Iran, deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters. At least three Afghan guards and one interpreter were killed. The consulate compound was closed until further notice, and all U.S. officials relocated to Kabul.

The attack began at about 5:30 a.m. Friday when seven heavily armed Taliban fighters set off two car bombs and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the consulate before engaging in a firefight with security forces.