Sri Lanka unequivocally condemned the terrorist attack today (May 23) on the Indian Consulate in Herat Province, Western Afghanistan.
In a media release, the Ministry of External Affairs said the targeting of a diplomatic mission is a matter of serious concern that should draw the attention of the wider international community, and underscores Sri Lanka’s consistent call for concerted and decisive action to combat the menace of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
Sri Lanka added that it is fortuitous that there were no casualties among the Consulate staff.
Gunmen armed with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades attacked the Indian consulate in western Afghanistan's Herat province today. Indian diplomats said there had been a threat against its diplomats in Afghanistan, but gave no other details.
The three gunmen opened fire on the consulate from a nearby home, provincial police chief Abdul Sami Qatra said. Police killed two of the three gunmen, though one continued to fire on security forces trying to secure the area, Qatra said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghanistan is experience a rise in insurgent attacks as foreign troops plan to withdraw from the country by the end of the year.