Published: Sep 13, 2013 12:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A police official in western Afghanistan says a search is underway for any militants who might have escaped after carrying out an attack near the U.S. Consulate in Herat on Friday morning. The official says the situation is now under control. It began with a suicide car bombing that led to a gunfight with security forces. An Afghan translator was killed and several other people, including police, were wounded. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban insurgents have often used combined car bomb and gun assaults against various targets in Afghanistan.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Kabul declined immediate comment.

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