A suicide car bomber rammed the gate of the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif late Thursday, killing four people and injuring over 100, officials said.
“The blast was too loud and powerful, which shattered windows, and many civilians were wounded inside their homes,” Dr. Noor Mohammad Faiz said, according to the Associated Press (AP). Of the four dead, two were civilians and two bodies are yet to be identified. Faiz said the bodies have been brought to the Balkh hospital. He put the number of people wounded at 115.
According to Abdul Raziq Qaderi, head of security for Balkh province, the explosive-laden vehicle destroyed the gate and the adjoining wall in the attack that occurred around 11.10 p.m. local time (1:40 p.m. EST). “Police have surrounded the area and our forces are inside the compound,” he added.
The German Foreign Office said the fighting occurred both “outside and on the premises of the German Consulate General,” Deutsche Welle reported. Afghan and NATO troops were at the scene. According to a NATO spokesman, the consulate incurred “massive damage” and the troops were evacuating its premises. The German Foreign office has said all German consulate workers were “safe and unharmed.”