2 Die in Attack on Iraqi Embassy in Kabul by Islamic State

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from The New York Times,

Attackers entered the grounds of the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital, after a suicide bomber blew himself up at an entrance gate shortly before noon Monday, an Afghan official said.

Two Afghans working at the embassy, a man and a woman, were killed, said Najib Danish, a spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior. He had said that security forces were trying to subdue three attackers who entered the embassy compound after the bombing around 11 a.m.

A police officer near the scene of the attack said by phone that there were five loud blasts and that gunfire continued afterward. Embassy staff members were evacuated to safety, Mr. Danish said.

“No Iraqi staff are hurt,” he said, adding, “During the operation and the clearance operation, two soldiers with the special police and a police officer were wounded.” They were in stable condition, Mr. Danish said.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack through its news agency, Amaq.

The attack was at least the third coordinated assault in the city in recent weeks. Just last week, at least 24 people, including 18 employees of the Ministry of Mines, were killed by a Taliban suicide bomber in Kabul.

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