Militants connected to the Taliban launched an attack early Friday morning on the U.S. consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat, about 80 miles from the Dogharoun border between Iran and Afghanistan. The attacks killed at least three people according to news reports citing Afghan security officials.
The attack in Herat, western Afghanistan’s main city adds to worries that the region could face a security breakdown after U.S. troops pull out of the country in 2014. The region still has a strong Taliban presence after 12 years of war against insurgents.
The U.S. embassy in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, said all U.S. nationals in the consulate in Herat were safe, Reuters reported. An embassy spokesman described the attack on the consulate as “complex” and said that it included a car bomb.
Abdul Raoof Ahmadi, a spokesperson for a local hospital, said two policemen and a security guard were killed and 17 others were injured in the attack, Reuters reported.