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