2017 attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul
|2017 attack on Iraqi embassy in Kabul|
|Part of War in Afghanistan (2015–present)|
|Location||Iraqi embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan|
|Date||July 31, 2017 |
|Suicide bombing, Shooting|
|Weapons||Explosive belt, Assault rifle|
|Deaths||6 (2 Iraqi Embassy members, 4 perpetrators)|
|3 (Security officials)|
No. of participants
|Defenders||Afghan Special forces, Marinejegerkommandoen|
|Motive||Retaliation of Battle of Mosul|
On 31 July 2017, a militant of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant blew himself up at the gate of the Iraqi embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, followed by heavy firing by three other members of same group. Afghan security forces defended the embassy and a conflict started which lasted for four hours. Two members of Iraqi embassy were killed while three of the security officials were injured according to Interior Minister of Afghanistan, Najib Danish. On the other hand, all the four attackers were killed. ISIL claimed responsibility for the attack.
Earlier that month, Iraq had declared victory over Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the Battle of Mosul. The Iraq Embassy had called reporters to its offices in Kabul to express concerns that the local ISIL affiliate might stage large-scale attacks elsewhere to draw away attention from the militant group's losses in Mosul.
At around 11:30 am (UTC + 04:30), a suicide bomber blew himself up in a car at the gate of Iraqi embassy. Subsequently, three militants entered embassy and started firing. Afghan special forces were called to engage the attackers. Norwegian special forces from Marinejegerkommandoen assisted the Afghan forces as they were fighting back the terrorist attack. An hour later residents reported hearing another explosion. After four hours of gun battle, all three of the attackers were killed while two soldiers and a policeman were injured. Two Afghan members of embassy, a man and a woman, were killed. No Iraqi staff were hurt as they were taken to safe place according to the Interior Minister of Afghanistan, Najib Danish.
Afghanistan's minister of foreign affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani, spoke to his Iraqi counterpart, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, by phone and assured him that such attacks will not change Kabul and Baghdad's commitment to fighting terrorism. Rabbani further said that Kabul is committed to maintaining the safety of Iraqi diplomats. Afghanistan's Interior Minister, Najib Danish condemned the attack calling it "unislamic and inhuman". The United Nation Security Council condemned the attack in a statement saying, "The Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist attack against the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 31 July 2017, which resulted in the death of two Afghan civilian employees inside the Embassy and the injury of a police officer, for which local affiliates of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da'esh) have claimed responsibility."
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