2 KILLED, 3 INJURED IN DAESH ATTACK ON IRAQ EMBASSY IN KABUL MON

Two Afghan employees of the Iraq embassy here were killed and three people, including a police officer, were injured when Daesh (IS) militants carried out an attack on the embassy Monday.

After a gunfight lasting several hours, Afghan authorities said the attack was over and all the assailants had been killed.

The Afghan security forces battled the gunmen following a suicide attack outside the Iraqi embassy in the capital, Kabul.

A bomber blew himself up at the embassy's gate, then three other attackers entered the compound, the Afghan interior ministry said.

After a gunfight lasting several hours, Afghan authorities said the attack was over and all the assailants had been killed.

The embassy is located in the central Shar-e-Naw neighbourhood. Kabul has seen a number of deadly assaults this year blamed on either Daesh or the Taliban.

The BBC said this is the first attack on the city's Iraqi embassy. It comes two weeks after the embassy held a news conference to celebrate the defeat of Daesh in the Iraqi city of Mosul.

During the gunfight, Iraq's foreign ministry said its top diplomat, the ambasador in Kabul had been taken safely to the Egyptian embassy but, according to Iraqi media, two other Iraqi staff members were fighting off the assailants.

All staff were eventually safely evacuated, an Iraqi foreign ministry spokesperson tweeted. The embassy building was damaged

According to the United Nations, Afghanistan has seen at least 1,662 civilian deaths in the first half of the year, with about 20% of those in the capital.

Last Monday a suicide car bomb killed at least 30 people in a mainly Shia district of Kabul. The Taliban said they carried out that attack.

On 31 May, a huge bombing in the centre of the city killed more than 150 people, the deadliest militant attack in the country since US-led forces ousted the Taliban from power in 2001.

Source: NAM News Network