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Indian consulate in Afghanistan attacked, two terrorists killed
Kabul : A group of armed men late Sunday attacked the Indian consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of northern Balkh province, the provincial governor spokesperson told media.
 
Officials said attackers have taken up positions inside a residential home located in front of the Indian mission and are firing on the consulate.
 
"The number of attackers were 4, two of them killed but not confirmed by police yet," Afghan news agency Pajhwok Afghan News said in a tweet.
 
"Two attackers were killed in fighting after insurgents attacked Indian consulate in Mazarisharif city," it said in an earlier tweet.
 
Sources told Xinhua news agency that there were no casualties on the Indian side.
 
"Two of the four militants, who targeted the three-member consulate, have been gunned down by Afghan special forces," the sources said.
 
In a series of tweets, Pajhwok Afghan News earlier said: "Police confirmed blast in gun fires in PD4 near to #Indian consulate in #Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif city."
 
"Balkh governor spokesman told Pajhwok that attackers entered a house and firing on Indian Consulate in Maza-i-Sharif city."
 
"Police says, no casualties were reported yet from attack on #Indian Consulate in Maza-i-Sharif city."
 
"Gun fires resumed after armed people attacked #Indian Consulate in MazairSharif city."
 
BBC also said explosions and gunfire were heard near the Indian consulate.
 
The report said it was not immediately clear whether the consulate was directly targeted, as the area also has a building belonging to a local politician.
 
Indian diplomatic missions in Afghanistan have come under militant attacks earlier too. In 2008 and 2009, the embassy in Kabul was attacked, leaving dozens dead.
 
In May 2014, gunmen attacked the Indian consulate in Herat, while in August 2013, nine civilians died when the consulate in Jalalabad was targeted.
 
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Riyadh cuts ties with Tehran after embassy attack
Riyadh : Saudi Arabia's foreign minister announced on Saturday to cut diplomatic ties with Iran and asked all Iranian diplomats to leave within 48 hours, local media reported.
 
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said he informed the UN Security Council of the attack on the Saudi diplomatic mission in Iran late Saturday, adding that those Saudi diplomats reached Dubai, the UAE, safely.
 
He accused the Iranian authorities of not taking any measure to prevent the attacks against the embassy in Tehran and the consulate in the Iranian city of Mashhad.
 
On Saturday, angry Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi diplomat mission against the Saudi execution of 47 individuals over terrorism charges, including a Saudi Shia cleric, Namir Al Namir, a member of Saudi Shia community.
 
The attacks were a violation to the international agreements, the minister said, also referring to the Iranians' previous attacks on the US and British embassies.
 
He also accused Iran of providing protection for Al-Qaeda through weapon trafficking.
 
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SC to hear plea on ban of diesel-run vehicles
New Delhi : The Supreme Court will hear a plea on Tuesday by automobile manufacturers seeking modification of its order prohibiting the sale and registration of diesel vehicles with an engine capacity of 2000 cc and above.
 
An apex court bench headed by Chief Justice T. S. Thakur on Monday said the matter would be heard on Tuesday after senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Kapil Sibal and Gopal Subramaniam appearing for the automobile manufacturers Mahindra & Mahindra, Mercedes and Toyota sought modification of its December 16, 2015 order prohibiting the sale and registration of diesel vehicles above a 2000 cc engine capacity.
 
The court has imposed the ban in the wake of alarming air pollution during the winter season.
 
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