Gunfire after explosions hit Kabul — BBCI

Gunfire after explosions hit Kabul — BBCI

Gunfire after explosions hit Kabul — BBCI

An ISIS-attack on the Iraqi Embassy is now over, with all three ISIS fighters killed and heavy damage to the embassy building.

According to a security officer, the special forces were on the spot "and the civilian residents were evacuated".

Diplomatic missions are civilian objects protected under worldwide humanitarian law, and attacks directed at them are serious violations that may amount to war crimes.

Iraq's Embassy in Afghanistan's Kabul has been targeted with a suicide terrorist attack.

The Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says all the attackers were all eventually killed.

Amaq, the IS propaganda wing, reported on "the [Islamic State] attack the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan city of Kabul" without elaboration.

A four-hour-long attack on the Iraq Embassy in Kabul by suicide bombers and armed militants has ended with all assailants killed by the security forces, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Monday.

The ministry condemned the attack as "un-Islamic and inhuman".

The Islamic State said it carried out the attack.

Earlier, Afghan officials said a vehicle bomb had started the assault.

A police spokesman said security forces were at the scene and a gunbattle was under way.

One source told local media that the attackers were wearing police uniforms.

After Iraqi forces, backed by a USA -led coalition, recaptured the city of Mosul from the Islamic State group earlier in July, the Iraq Embassy had called reporters to its offices in Kabul to express concerns that the local IS affiliate might stage large-scale attacks elsewhere to draw away attention from the militant group's losses in Iraq. Monday's attack is the sixth major assault claimed by Daesh in the last eight months in the capital. It said more than 27 guards had been killed, well above the figures given by Afghan authorities.

The MoI said a group of four "suicide terrorists" stormed the Iraqi Embassy in Ansari Square in the 4 police district of the heavily-fortified capital in the morning.

ISIL is believed to be on the back foot in the Middle East, where analysts have said it has lost more than 60 percent of its territory and 80 percent of its revenue, three years after declaring its self-styled "caliphate" across swaths of Iraq and Syria.

No group has officially claimed responsibility for that attack, the deadliest in the capital since the U.S. invasion in 2001.

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