The Epoch Times and Twitchy.com reported early on an explosion near the U.S. Consulate in western Afghanistan. Both sites quotes various journalists and others on the ground, that were reporting an explosion, and a gun fight on the ground.
AP later confirmed the reports, and further stated that there were apparently 7 civilians injured in the incident. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, and security forces are still searching for militants in the area.
Herat has been the site of some unrest recently, including an incident at the Iranian Consulate there. According to Radio Free Europe, at least one person was killed during a protest staged outside the Iranian compound, just four days ago.