Monday, July 31, 2017

Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Today's Attack On the Iraqi Embassy In Kabul, Afghanistan

Reuters: Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Iraqi embassy in Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - Militant group Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday that began with a suicide bomber blowing himself up at the main gate, allowing gunmen to enter the building and battle security forces.

Although there has been no confirmation of direct planning links with the main Islamic State movement in Iraq and Syria, the attack, just three weeks after the recapture of Mosul, underlines fears of a spillover into Afghanistan from fighting in Syria and Iraq.

Afghan security forces confronted three gunmen for hours before the Interior Ministry announced in mid-afternoon that the attack, in a normally busy business district of the capital, had been suppressed.

"The attack is finished," said Sayed Basir, a member of the special forces unit that dealt with the incident. He said the four attackers were dead, while two members of his unit were slightly wounded.

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More News On Today's Attack On The Islamic State In Kabul, Afghanistan

IS targets Iraq Embassy in Kabul; all 4 attackers killed -- AP
IS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul -- AFP
The Latest: Afghanistan Says 2 Iraq Embassy Staff Killed -- US News and World Report/AP
Kabul attack: Gun battle and suicide bombing in Afghan capital -- BBC
Iraqi Embassy in Kabul targeted by bombing, gunmen -- Washington Post
Bomb attack triggers four-hour battle at Iraq Embassy in Kabul -- CNN
Islamic State claims attack on Iraqi embassy in Kabul -- The Australian
Kabul attack: Islamic State group claims responsibility for deadly Iraqi embassy attack -- ABC News Online
Iraq's embassy in Kabul attacked by Islamic State militants -- UPI
Afghan Officials Say Attack On Iraqi Embassy Over -- RFE
ISIL claims attack on Iraqi embassy in Kabul -- Al Jazeera

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