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In Kabul : Two killed in IS-claimed attack on Iraq embassy

01 Août 2017

Najib Danish, an Interior Ministry spokesman, said two Afghan embassy workers had been killed but no Iraqi personnel had been hurt. Three police were injured, he said.

It wasn't until the attack ended that both the embassy and the interior ministry realized two of their Afghan staff had died in the daring assault.

The Iraqi government has sent a delegation to Kabul to investigate the Daesh attack on their embassy in Kabul on Monday. At least three others then stormed the compound.

All staff were eventually safely evacuated, an Iraqi foreign ministry spokesperson tweeted.

Casualty figures are unclear.

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.

"More than 20 bodies, and more than 30 wounded have so far been brought to the hospital", after the mosque attack, Rafeeq Shirzai, a spokesman for the hospital, told AFP.

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

"This is yet another attack that appears to have targeted the worldwide community, but in which Afghan civilians bore the brunt of the violence and this attack shows complete contempt for human life, as well as the global law created to protect diplomats", said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of UNAMA.

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

The ministry statement said Afghan security forces quickly deployed to the scene, rescuing all the embassy diplomats and employees and taking them to safety.

"The attack is finished", said Sayed Basir, a member of the special forces unit that dealt with the incident.

The Aamaq news agency says the two stormed the embassy in Kabul, allegedly killing seven guards before using stick bombs to detonate the gate.

The militant group is known to often exaggerate its claims on the number of causalities inflicted. Afghan officials have reported no casualty numbers as yet.

NEW YORK-The United Nations Security Council has condemned Monday's attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, saying that such attacks and terrorism "constitutes one of the most serious threats to global peace and security", and that it must be combated by all means. The group has also been suffering major losses in Syria and Iraq as their self-declared caliphate has been shrinking.

IS has been expanding its footprint in eastern Afghanistan and has recently claimed responsibility for several devastating attacks in Kabul.

Afghan police say a auto bombing has targeted the Iraqi Embassy in central Kabul, followed by gunfire, and that the attack is still underway.

In Kabul : Two killed in IS-claimed attack on Iraq embassy