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Statement by Foreign Minister Steinmeier on the attack on the German Consulate‑General in Mazar‑e‑Sharif Afghanistan

11.11.2016 - Article

Foreign Minister Steinmeier condemned the attack on the Consulate‑General in Mazar‑e‑Sharif and thanked the security forces for their efforts.

On Thursday evening, heavily armed fighters attacked the German Consulate‑General in Mazar‑e‑Sharif, Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, in which at least six people were killed and more than one hundred injured. Foreign Minister Steinmeier condemned the attack and thanked the security forces for their efforts.

All members of the Consulate‑General unharmed

The Consulate‑General in Mazar‑e‑Sharif (file photo).
The Consulate‑General in Mazar‑e‑Sharif (file photo).© photothek.net

“I am relieved that all Consulate‑General staff members – Germans and Afghans – are safe and unharmed,” Foreign Minister Steinmeier declared the morning after the attack on the Consulate.

He said that late on Thursday evening there had first been an explosion in the direct vicinity of the Consulate‑General, followed by an exchange of fire in the grounds of the Consulate involving an unknown number of assailants. It was only possible to repel and force back the assailants following fighting, which also took place in the building of the Consulate‑General. All twenty members of the Consulate were evacuated.

Courageous efforts of the security forces

Steinmeier condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
Steinmeier condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.© Auswärtiges Amt

Steinmeier condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.

Steinmeier thanked the security forces for their courageous efforts. He said that members of the Bundeswehr and the Federal Police, Afghan security forces and German, Georgian, Belgian and Latvian special forces from the Resolute Support mission demonstrated great courage and professionalism in successfully forcing back the assailants, putting their own lives at risk in the process.

Steinmeier went on to say, “My heartfelt sympathy is with the families of the victims.” At least six people were killed in the attack. He wished all those who were injured a rapid recovery.

Crisis unit at the Federal Foreign Office

A crisis unit convened at the Federal Foreign Office on Thursday.
A crisis unit convened at the Federal Foreign Office on Thursday.© Auswärtiges Amt

In the evening of the attack a crisis unit convened immediately at the Federal Foreign Office. It closely monitored the situation during the night and coordinated all necessary measures. The unit members met again the next morning.

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