ISIS claims duty for lethal assault in Kabul

About 23 mortar shells slammed into totally different components of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing no less than eight individuals and wounding 31 others, an official mentioned.

The shells have been fired from two vehicles, Inside Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian mentioned. Nobody took speedy duty for the early morning assault that additionally focused the luxury Wazir Akbar Khan space of Kabul, which homes diplomatic missions.

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A minimum of one rocket landed within the Iranian embassy compound. In a tweet, the embassy confirmed {that a} rocket got here down within the courtyard and “shrapnel” hit the fundamental constructing, inflicting injury to home windows and gear, with out specifying the gear.

Kin stand across the lifeless physique of a boy who was killed by a mortar shell assault in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into totally different components of the Afghan capital on Saturday. (AP Photograph/Rahmat Gul)

“Luckily the incident has no casualty and all of the workers are in good well being,” the embassy mentioned.

The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan claimed duty for the assault, in response to SITE Intelligence Group.

The IS group has carried out comparable assaults up to now and claimed duty for current assaults in Kabul, together with two devastating assaults on academic establishments that killed greater than 50 individuals, lots of them college students.

In addition to rebel teams, there are a number of closely armed warlords with militias in Kabul with long-standing animosities in opposition to one another.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who visited Kabul on Tuesday, condemned the assault and warned “you will need to be vigilant in opposition to the spoilers who’re working to undermine the peace efforts.” He didn’t determine “the spoilers.”

The mortar barrage comes as representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban proceed to carry talks in Qatar, although progress has been gradual.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Doha on Saturday to press for a discount in violence in his conferences with each Taliban and authorities negotiating groups. The Taliban have principally ignored such earlier requests.

An Afghan man holds rocket shell after a rocket attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing several and wounding dozens of people, an official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

An Afghan man holds rocket shell after a rocket assault in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into totally different components of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing a number of and wounding dozens of individuals, an official mentioned. (AP Photograph/Rahmat Gul)

Pompeo met with 11 members of the Afghan authorities workforce, in addition to with the Taliban’s co-founder, Mulllah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

There are various inside the Afghan authorities who need February’s U.S.-Taliban peace deal scrapped. President-elect Joe Biden has known as for a small, intelligence-based power in Afghanistan that may concentrate on counter-terrorism.

In the meantime, Abdullah Abdullah, head of the federal government’s Excessive Council for Reconciliation, condemned the assault in a tweet, calling it a “cowardly” act. The council oversees the federal government’s negotiating workforce on the desk with the Taliban.

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Hours earlier than the assault rattled Kabul, a bomb hooked up to a automobile killed one safety employee and wounded three others in an jap neighborhood of the capital, mentioned Kabul police spokesperson Ferdaws Faramarz.

Violence in Afghanistan has spiked in current months with more and more horrific assaults typically claimed by the Islamic State affiliate. The Taliban have additionally continued close to each day assaults on beleaguered Afghan authorities forces.

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There have been growing requires a stop hearth if peace talks are to proceed. The Taliban have been steadfast of their refusal, demanding that any truce be a part of the negotiations.

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