Is­lamic State launches sui­cide at­tack in Kabul

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KABUL | The Is­lamic State group tar­geted the Iraqi Em­bassy in Kabul on Mon­day, with a sui­cide bomber blow­ing him­self up out­side the gates, fol­lowed by three gun­men who stormed into the build­ing. The as­sault set off a four-hour fire­fight that ended only af­ter Afghan se­cu­rity forces said they had killed all the at­tack­ers.

In­te­rior Min­istry spokesman Na­jib Dan­ish told re­porters that two Afghan em­ploy­ees of the em­bassy died in the at­tack. Three po­lice were in­jured, he said.

In its claim of re­spon­si­bil­ity, the Is­lamic State group said its fight­ers had killed seven guards but the mil­i­tant group of­ten ex­ag­ger­ates its claims on the num­ber of ca­su­al­ties in­flicted. Mr. Dan­ish said all the em­bassy staffers were safe but that the build­ing had suf­fered ex­ten­sive dam­age with win­dows bro­ken and sev­eral rooms badly burned.

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