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Taliban Attack German Consulate in Northern Afghanistan

Taliban fighters attacked the German consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif with bombs and bullets, triggering an intense gun battle, Afghan authorities said early Friday. A large truck bomb exploded outside the consulate just before midnight in the first phase of the attack, destroying nearby buildings and security barriers outside the diplomatic compound. A spokesman for the Islamist insurgency said several heavily armed Taliban suicide bombers stormed the German...

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