IS at­tack in Kabul that killed 2 was to avenge de­feat in Iraq

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Kabul, Afghanistan - Two peo­ple died in an at­tack on the Iraqi Em­bassy in Kabul claimed by the Is­lamic State group, Afghan of­fi­cials said, with an­a­lysts de­scrib­ing the at­tack as re­venge for the group’s de­feat in Iraq.

On Mon­day a sui­cide bomber blew him­self up out­side the em­bassy, al­low­ing at least three other mil­i­tants to breach the com­pound un­leash­ing an hours-long gun bat­tle.

Afghan of­fi­cials ini­tially said that no one had been killed in the as­sault, but the In­te­rior Min­istry later con­firmed that two peo­ple - a woman and a guard - had died and two were po­lice­men in­jured.

All em­bassy staff in­clud­ing Iraqi charge d’af­fairs were ‘un­harmed’, In­te­rior Min­istry spokesman Na­jib Dan­ish said.

Se­cu­rity ex­perts char­ac­terised the at­tack as a warn­ing to Bagh­dad after it pushed IS out of Mo­sul, and said it could sug­gest a grow­ing op­er­a­tional link be­tween the mil­i­tant group and its Afghan af­fil­i­ate, Is­lamic State Kho­rasan Province (IS-K).

IS-K claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Kabul at­tack, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by IS group’s cen­tral pro­pa­ganda agency Amaq.

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