2 Die in Attack on Iraqi Embassy in Kabul by Islamic State

Photo

Security forces at the site of an attack at the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday.

Credit
Omar Sobhani/Reuters

KABUL, Afghanistan — Attackers entered the grounds of the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, after a suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance gate shortly before noon Monday, an Afghan official said.

Two Afghans working at the embassy, a man and a woman, were killed, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior. He had said that security forces were trying to subdue three attackers who entered the embassy compound after the bombing around 11 a.m.

A police officer near the scene of the attack said by phone that there were five loud blasts and that gunfire continued afterward. Embassy staff members were evacuated to safety, Mr. Danish said.

Photo

Smoke billowing near the site of the attack in Kabul. A police officer near the scene said five loud blasts were followed by gunfire.

Credit
Reuters

“No Iraqi staff are hurt,” he said, adding, “During the operation and the clearance operation, two soldiers with the special police and a police officer were wounded.” They were in stable condition, Mr. Danish said.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its news agency, Amaq.

The attack was at least the third coordinated assault in the city in recent weeks. Just last week, at least 24 people, including 18 employees of the Ministry of Mines, were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in Kabul.

And a month ago, more than 150 people were killed in a truck bombing near the German Embassy that was attributed to the Haqqani wing of the Taliban, though the group denied responsibility. The attack was one of the deadliest in the nearly 16 years since the American-led invasion of

Read the full article at the Original Source..

Back to Top