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Casualties feared as Iraqi embassy attacked in Kabul

Casualties feared as Iraqi embassy attacked in Kabul
July 31, 2017

KABUL, July 31: Casualties feared as a ‘suicide car bomb attack’ targeted Iraqi embassy in Afghanistan capital, Kabul on Monday.

The blast was followed by gun battle between the attackers and law enforcement agencies. According to media reports, fighters were holed up in a building close to the embassy. ISIL is said to have claimed the attack. The police expressed unawareness how many injured or martyred.

Quoting Interior Minister’s spokesperson Najib Danish, the Iraqi diplomates were safe and had been rescued.

There are reports that a car laden with explosives exploded outside the embassy following which gunmen tried to enter the building that is located in center of the city.

There are also reports that a suicide bomber blown himself up outside the embassy however a rescue operation was immediately launched to evacuate embassy staff and other civilians.

The explosion was so strong that it shook nearby buildings while its sound was heard in far off areas. The explosion was so strong that it shook nearby buildings while its sound was heard in far off areas. Locals say that an intense gun battle was started between the attackers and law enforcement personnel.

The Iraq Embassy is located in a part of the city known as Shahr-e-Now, which lies outside the “green zone” where most foreign embassies and diplomatic missions are located.

Few days back, around 26 persons were killed when a car bomb struck the city during morning rush with Taliban claiming its responsibility.

 

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