Afghan Taliban use car bomb, guns to attack US consulate in west; 2 people die, Americans safe

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The State Department says all U.S. personnel are safe after Taliban militants attacked a U.S. consulate in western Afghanistan Friday morning.

The attackers used a car bomb and guns to battle security forces just outside the compound in the city of Herat. It was not entirely clear whether any attackers managed to breach the facility, but at least two Afghans were killed along with five alleged militants.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Insurgent strikes have shifted in recent months. Once concentrated in the country’s south and east, they now frequently occur in the north and west, which had been the more peaceful areas in years past.

Herat, the site of Friday’s attack, lies near Afghanistan’s border with Iran and is considered one of the better developed cities in the country, with a strong Iranian influence.

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