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Statement by the Federal Foreign Office on the situation in Mazar‑e‑Sharif

11.11.2016

A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement in Berlin during the night (11 November):

The armed attack on the German Consulate-General in Mazar‑e‑Sharif has been ended. The heavily armed assailants have been pushed back by Consulate-General security staff, Afghan security forces and special forces from the Resolute Support mission from Camp Marmal.

All German staff at the Consulate-General are safe and unharmed. There has been substantial damage to the Consulate-General building.

It is not yet clear how many Afghan civilians and security personnel were killed or injured in the attack.

We are glad that all German Consulate-General staff members are safe and unharmed. Our thoughts are with the Afghans who have been injured and with the families of the victims.

We are particularly grateful to the Afghan security forces and the Georgian forces from Resolute Support who courageously, professionally and immediately rushed to help and thwarted the attack.

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