Explosions and gunshots were heard near the Indian consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Sunday and an unknown number of gunmen attempted to enter the compound, a spokesman for the local governor said.
No details were immediately available on any casualties or damage or on the number of attackers and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Muneer Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the Balkh province governor, said insurgents had hidden in a house near the consulate and struck after darkness fell. He said attackers had tried to enter the consulate but had so far not been able to.
"Right now our security forces are fighting them," he said.