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Afghanistan: IS claims responsibility for attack on Pakistani embassy

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A suspect was arrested after the shooting that seriously injured an embassy guard.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for this week’s attack on the Pakistani embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, confirming that the head of the diplomatic mission had been targeted.

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IS said — according to a statement obtained by the jihadist online monitoring center SITE — that it “attacked the Pakistani ambassador,” whom it called a “traitor,” confirming the version given by Pakistani Prime Minister Shabaz Sharif, who denounced an “assassination attempt” of the head of the diplomatic mission.

A suspect was arrested after the shooting that seriously injured an embassy guard.

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Although Pakistan does not officially recognize the Taliban regime, it has kept its embassy in Kabul open since the fundamentalist Islamists returned to power in August 2021.

Pakistan maintains a complicated relationship with the Taliban. He has been accused of secretly supporting them since their emergence in the early 1990s, as well as after the US military invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, even though he officially maintained his support in Washington.

The Taliban retook power in Kabul on August 15, 2021, amid the chaotic withdrawal of US and other foreign troops after two decades of war.

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