(NEWSER– Taliban members attacked the US consulate in Herat, western Afghanistan, this morning, setting off two car suicide bombs and launching a gunfight with Afghan security forces, the AP reports. Two Afghan police officers and an Afghan security guard were killed; some 17 civilians were injured, the BBC reports. As for consulate staff, they're all "safe and accounted for," the US says. At least seven of the attackers died, the AP notes. US forces were brought in to secure the area, Washington says.

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