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Taliban Vehicle Bombs Rock US Consulate in Herat
A damaged vehicle sits in front of the US consulate after an attack by two car bombs and a truck explosion coordinated with a gunfight in Herat Province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan today. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)
September 13, 2013
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| Middle East and North Africa, The Americas
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The Taliban exploded two vehicle bombs near the U.S. Consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan, Friday morning. Militants with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades fought near the damaged front gate. A truck also blew up while the insurgents sprayed bullets at the compound. 

Afghan security forces responded with their own gunfire and one security guard died in the battle along with six of the insurgents, according to Associated Press reports.

"There are no American casualties. At this point there may be one wounded contract security member and there are likely wounded Afghan police," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

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