ISIS claims responsibility for Kabul attack that left five dead
– Associated Press
12 January ,2023
People walk past the parked vehicles after a suicide blast near Afghanistan’s foreign ministry in Kabul on January 11, 2023. A suicide bomber detonated a device on January 11 near Afghanistan’s foreign ministry in the capital, causing more than 20 causalities, an AFP staff member said. (AFP)
ISIS claimed responsibility Thursday for a deadly bombing that killed at least five people near the Foreign Ministry in the Afghan capital the previous day.
The bombing was the second major attack in Kabul in 2023 and drew condemnation from the international community.
There was no immediate response from Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers about the ISIS claim. Kabul police chief spokesman Khalid Zadran said Wednesday that the explosion killed five civilians and that “a number of others were wounded” near the ministry.
The ISIS news outlet Aamaq said the attack coincided with a ministry training course for diplomats.
The extremists have increased their assaults since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in 2021. Targets have included Taliban patrols and members of the country’s Shiite minority.
After Wednesday’s attack, more than 40 wounded people were brought to a surgical center in Kabul run by Emergency NGO, a humanitarian organization. Stefano Sozza, Emergency’s director in Afghanistan, said at the time that he expected the number of casualties to rise.
The attack drew condemnation from the United Nations and various countries. In a statement Wednesday, Pakistan said it stood in solidarity with Afghans in the fight against militants.