IS mil­i­tants at­tack Iraqi Em­bassy in Kabul; all 4 killed

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Kabul, Afghanistan - A sui­cide bomber blew him­self up out­side the Iraqi Em­bassy in Kabul on Mon­day and mil­i­tants breached the com­pound, Afghan of­fi­cials said, in a com­plex hours-long at­tack claimed by the Is­lamic State group.

All the at­tack­ers had been killed and the com­pound se­cured roughly four hours af­ter the as­sault be­gan, Afghanistan’s In­te­rior Min­istry said, adding that all em­bassy staff were safe and only one po­lice­man was wounded ‘slightly’.

Ear­lier, black smoke bil­lowed into the air above the neigh­bour­hood in north­west­ern Kabul as the sound of gun­fire, blasts and am­bu­lance sirens could be heard. Pan­icked res­i­dents, in­clud­ing women and chil­dren, could be seen flee­ing the area.

The In­te­rior Min­istry said at least four mil­i­tants had at­tacked the em­bassy, be­gin­ning with a sui­cide bomber who det­o­nated his vest at the com­pound en­trance.

‘The quick-re­sponse po­lice forces ar­rived in time and evac­u­ated the Iraqi diplo­mats to safe place. No em­bassy staff have been harmed, only one po­lice- man was wounded slightly’, a min­istry state­ment said.

The Iraqi For­eign Min­istry in Bagh­dad said the charge d’af­fairs was among those evac­u­ated and that it was mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion with Afghan au­thor­i­ties, with­out giv­ing fur­ther de­tails.

The Is­lamic State’s pro­pa­ganda agency Amaq re­leased a state­ment claim­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack, say­ing two mem­bers ‘at­tacked the Iraqi em­bassy build­ing in the Afghan city of Kabul’.

The em­bassy is lo­cated in north­west­ern Kabul, in a neigh­bour­hood that is home to sev­eral ho­tels and banks as well as large su­per­mar­kets and sev­eral po­lice com­pounds.

“I heard a big blast fol­lowed by sev­eral ex­plo­sions and small gun­fire,” said Ah­mad Ali, a nearby shop­keeper.

“Peo­ple were wor­ried and closed their shops to run for safety. The roads are still blocked by se­cu­rity forces.”

The at­tack is the lat­est to rock Kabul, which is reg­u­larly dev­as­tated by bomb blasts and mil­i­tant as­saults, of­ten killing many civil­ians.

(AFP)

Afghan se­cu­rity forces at the site of the at­tack, out­side the Iraqi Em­bassy, in Kabul on Mon­day

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