ISIS claims a suicide bombing in front of the Afghan Foreign Ministry. Photos/BBC
KABUL – The ISIS group claimed responsibility for the deadly suicide bomb attack in front of the Afghan Foreign Ministry. As many as 20 people were reported killed in the attack.
The claim was reported on the Telegram channel of the news agency belonging to the armed group, Amaq, on Wednesday evening as quoted by Al Jazeera, Thursday (12/1/2023).
The Taliban claim to have beefed up security since returning to power in 2021, but dozens of explosions and bomb attacks have continued. Many of those attacks were claimed by rival Islamic State.
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At least five Chinese nationals were injured last month when gunmen stormed a hotel popular with Chinese business people in Kabul.
The attack was claimed by ISIS, which was also responsible for an attack on Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul in December last year and which Islamabad denounced as an “assassination attempt” on their ambassador.
Four people were killed and 25 injured in an attack on a mosque in the interior ministry grounds in Kabul last October.
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And two Russian embassy staff members were killed in a suicide bombing outside their mission in September in another attack claimed by an ISIS affiliate.
Hundreds of people, including members of Afghanistan’s minority community, have been killed or injured in other attacks since the Taliban took back power.
No country officially recognizes the rule of the Taliban, who took over Afghanistan in August 2021 with speed and ease that shocked the world, after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country and his government collapsed.
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