The Pakistani embassy in Afghanistan was shot at last week; the chief of the mission managed to escape unscathed, but a guard was injured. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed credit for the attack.
IS , the perpetrator of the attack
IS said two of its fighters attacked “the renegade Pakistani ambassador and his guards” when they were in the yard of the Pakistani embassy, wounding a guard and causing damage to the structure in a brief statement late Saturday. There were no more details provided. A Pakistani security guard who is a member of the military’s commando squad, Israr Mohammad, was hurt during the attack on Friday in the Afghan capital Kabul. Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani, the mission’s leader, remained uninjured.
Background of the attack
The strike occurred as tensions between the South Asian neighbours were increasing over Islamabad’s allegations that militant attacks were being planned by anti-Pakistan government elements from bases in Afghanistan. For medical care, Mohammad was flown to Pakistan. The Foreign Ministry in Islamabad stated that it was attempting to verify the IS allegation. Prior to the attack on the nation’s Head of Mission in Kabul on December 2, Pakistan summoned Afghanistan’s Charge d’Affaires in Islamabad and expressed its serious worry to him. Islamabad referred to the strike against Pakistan’s embassy in Kabul as a “assassination attempt,” but the terrorist organisation ISIS claimed credit for it on Saturday.In the assault that occurred in the Afghan capital on Friday, a security guard was hurt.
The regional branch of the Islamic State claimed to have “attacked the apostate Pakistani ambassador and his guards” in a statement reported by the jihadist watchdog, SITE. The head of the mission was the target of “an assassination attempt,” according to Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who also asked for an investigation. After security officers searched a nearby building, a police official in Kabul reported that one suspect was already detained and two small arms had been seized. Despite Pakistan not officially acknowledging the Taliban administration in Afghanistan, it maintained a full diplomatic representation and kept its embassy operational as the radical Islamists assumed power in August of last year.
Responses to the attack
The ambassador as well as other members of staff were secure, an embassy spokesman told AFP, but a lone gunman “entered behind the shelter of homes and started firing.”
The incident on Friday occurred amid escalating hostilities between the South Asian neighbours over Islamabad’s allegations that elements opposed to Pakistan’s government are planning terrorist operations from bases in Afghanistan. Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department in Washington, said on Friday that the US denounced the attack on the embassy and wished anyone harmed by the violence a speedy recovery.
The “failed strike,” according to a spokesman for Afghanistan’s foreign ministry, was vehemently denounced. In a statement, it vowed to track down the perpetrators and hold them accountable adding that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan would not permit any nefarious entities to present a threat to the safety of diplomatic missions in Kabul. With Islamabad long suspected of assisting the Islamists but also supporting the US-led war in Afghanistan that overthrew them in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan’s ties with the Taliban are tricky. More than a million Afghan refugees reside in Pakistan, and confrontations frequently occur along their porous shared border.
Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on Pakistan’s embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, via a statement carried by one of the militant group’s affiliated channels on Telegram on Sunday.
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The embassy came under attack on Friday and a Pakistani security guard was wounded by gunfire in what Islamabad called an attempt to assassinate its head of mission, who was unhurt.
Islamic State claimed the attack was carried out by two of its members armed with “medium and sniper weapons” and was targeting the ambassador and his guards who were present in the courtyard of the embassy.
Taliban authorities have said they are investigating the attack and that the embassy compound was targeted by gunfire from a nearby building. Police said they had arrested one suspect and recovered two firearms.
The attack injured at least one guard and caused damage to the building, the Islamic State said.
Pakistan’s foreign office said it had seen the reports of IS’s claim of responsibility.