Published: Wed, August 02, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Kabul Attack At Iraqi Embassy

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Kabul Attack At Iraqi Embassy

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group's offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS-Khurasan, released the picture of the two suicide bombers who attacked the embassy of Iraq in Kabul on Monday.

A four-hour gunfight ended in all attackers being killed by Afghan security forces. It said two of its members attacked the embassy killing at least 27 guards and other embassy staff.

The embassy building, partly blackened by smoke and flames from the fighting, was damaged, but otherwise the impact from the attack was relatively limited compared with other recent attacks in Kabul. 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 staff were eventually safely evacuated, an Iraqi foreign ministry spokesperson tweeted.

The UN office in Afghanistan UNAMA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation have joined Afghans in condemning a bomb attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul on Monday, which the hardliner Islamic State (IS) group has claimed of responsibility.

While such foreign fighters have always been present in Afghanistan, there has been growing concern that militants from Arab countries, who have left the fighting in Syria as pressure on Islamic State there has grown, have also been arriving in Afghanistan through Iran. The attacks have fueled fears that militants in Afghanistan are trying bring in the kind of sectarian brutality seen in the Middle East.

In April, during a visit to Kabul by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, the commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, said that, while ISIS had an "aspiration" to bring in fighters from Syria, "we haven't seen it happen". "[ISIL] seeks only to destroy a peaceful future for the people of Afghanistan".

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