Attackers detonated a truck bomb near the front checkpoint gate of the U.S. Consulate on Friday in the city of Herat, a State Department spokeswoman said.
"At approximately 5:30 a.m. the morning of September 13 (local Afghanistan time) an attack by currently unidentified forces commenced at the front vehicle compound access control point of US Consulate Herat," the State Department's Marie Harf said in a statement. "A truck carrying attackers drove to the front gate, and attackers -- possibly firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles -- commenced attacking Afghan Protective forces on the exterior of the gates and contracted security guards. Shortly after, the entire truck exploded, extensively damaging the front gate."
A damaged vehicle sits in front of the U.S. consulate after an attack by a car bomb and a gunfight in Herat Province, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Taliban militants attacked the U.S. consulate in western Afghanistan on Friday morning, using a car bomb and guns to battle security forces just outside the compound in the city of Herat. It was not entirely clear whether any attackers managed to breach the facility. (AP Photo/Hoshang Hashimi)
KABUL, Afghanistan — Militants carried out a brazen attack on the U.S. Consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat early Friday, killing two policemen and injuring dozens of other people, including civilians, according to local officials.
No Americans were believed to be among those hurt. The attackers were all reported to have been killed.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which started just before sunrise with a suicide car bombing approximately 60 yards from the consulate entrance, followed by gunfire from militants attempting to enter the compound.
The gun battle between militants and security forces lasted about two hours, said Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi, governor of Herat province.
The attackers may have managed to enter the first security ring of the diplomatic compound, but there was no damage to the consulate building, Wahidi said. In a statement it posted on Twitter, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul said that “all Consulate personnel are safe and accounted for.”
...the entire truck exploded, extensively damaging the front gate."
I'm still confused.