Islamic State claims responsibility for attack near Iraqi embassy in Kabul

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A suicide bomber attacked a police compound and the nearby Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday (July 31), security officials in the Afghan capital said. They said the attackers appeared to have taken cover in the embassy building in a business district of the city, from where smoke could be seen rising.

The Taliban, fighting to reestablish strict Islamic law 16 years after being expelled by a US -led campaign in 2001, have opposed Islamic State.

The target of the attack was not immediately clear.

"At around 11.10 a.m., four terrorists attacked the Iraqi Embassy".

An Afghan Public Order Police station, several government and private offices and an Iraqi Consulate Office are located at the area.

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The attack comes a week after a vehicle bomb attack claimed by the Taliban struck the city during morning rush hour, killing at least 35 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Clashes between the insurgents and the security forces erupted, the Ministry said.

The attacks underline the fragility of the situation despite the presence of USA troops in the country more 15 years since the overthrow of the Taliban from power.

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