Mazar attack on Indian consulateThe Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has hailed the Afghan National Security Forces for thwarting a terrorist plot to storm into the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital city of northern Balkh province.

Modi delivered his message of deep appreciation for the exemplary bravery and courage shown by the Afghan forces during a telephone conversation with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

“The President of Afghanistan, Mr Ashraf Ghani made a telephone call to the Prime Minister. He strongly condemned the cross border terrorist attack in Pathankot and extended condolences at the loss of lives in the attack,” according to a statement by Ministry of External Affairs of India.

President Ghani also briefed the Prime Minister about the terrorist attack in Mazar-e-Sharif and expressed support at the loss of lives and property in the earthquake in India, the statement said, adding that “Prime Minister thanked President Ghani for his message of support at the cross border terrorist attacks and the earthquake.”

The statement also added “. He also expressed deep appreciation for the exemplary bravery and courage shown by the Afghan National Security Forces in thwarting the terrorist attack in Mazar-e-Sharif and ensuring security and safety of the Indian Consulate and personnel. Prime Minister conveyed that India would always stand with the people of Afghanistan.”

A group of heavily armed insurgents attempted to storm into the Indian consulate in Mazar city but were forced to hide in an under construction building with the resistance of the security forces.

Sporadic gunfire are still reported from the area despite 24 hours have passed since the attack was launched as a number of the insurgents are still resisting the security forces and meanwhile the security officials are saying the clearing operation is carefully being conducted to prevent casualties to the civilians.