Pakistani embassy attacked in Kabul, one injured

Pakistani embassy attacked in Kabul, one injured

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In another attack on Friday in the Afghan capital, one person was killed in a suicide bombing near the office of former Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e-Islami party.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the embassy attack, which came just days after Pakistan’s foreign minister led a team to Kabul to meet Taliban officials to ease tensions along the border between the two countries. .

According to two sources with direct knowledge of the incident, the embassy compound was targeted by gunfire from a nearby building. It was not clear how many were the shooters or whether they were apprehended.

“There was an attack today in the compound of Pakistan’s Embassy in Kabul targeting the Chief of Mission Ubaid-ur-Rehman Nizamani,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

It said Nizamani was safe, but a Pakistani security guard, Sepoy Israr Mohammad, was seriously injured in the attack while protecting the ambassador.

Nizamani arrived in Kabul last month to take up a role in one of the few embassies that has remained fully operational since the hardline Islamist Taliban seized power following the withdrawal of foreign forces in August 2021.

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