Crime & Justice

IS claims Afghan foreign ministry bombing

Cairo, Mar 28 (EFE).- The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing outside the Afghan ministry of foreign affairs in Kabul in which at least 6 people were killed and a dozen wounded on Monday.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the Amaq news agency – the propaganda arm of the IS – circulated a message on the Telegram app saying an IS fighter had been able to reach the gate of the foreign office of the “militia” in Kabul (Taliban), after crossing all the security barriers and check-posts.

It claimed that the militant waited until the ministry personnel came out of the promises and then detonated his explosive vest close to the Taliban check-post in front of the building, “killing and wounding around 20 people” including diplomatic staff.

On Monday, Kabul police spokesperson Khalid Zadran had put the death toll from the attack at six, while local media outlets had reported that at least 12 people had been wounded in the suicide bombing.

The latest attack comes after in January the Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for another bombing outside the foreign ministry, in which at least five people were killed as per official figures.

The Taliban maintain a strong rivalry with the local branch of the IS, which has emerged as the main security threat in Afghanistan after the Islamist regime seized control of the country in August 2021.

As the number of IS-claimed attacks has gone up, the Afghan security forces have intensified operations to dismantle the terror group’s hideouts across the country. EFE


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