ISIS claims responsibility for deadly attack in Kabul

November 21, 2020 

About 23 mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding 31 others, an official said.

The shells were fired from two cars, Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian said. No one took immediate responsibility for the early morning attack that also targeted the posh Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, which houses diplomatic missions.

JAMES CARAFANO: AFGAN-IRAQ TROOP REDUCTIONS-- HERE'S WHAT PENTAGON'S ANNOUNCEMENT REALLY MEANS

At least one rocket landed in the Iranian embassy compound. In a tweet, the embassy confirmed that a rocket came down in the courtyard and "shrapnel" hit the main building, causing damage to windows and equipment, without specifying the equipment.

Relatives stand around the dead body of a boy who was killed by a mortar shell attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Relatives stand around the dead body of a boy who was killed by a mortar shell attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

"Fortunately the incident has no casualty and all the staff are in good health," the embassy said.

The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

The IS group has carried out similar attacks in the past and claimed responsibility for recent assaults in Kabul, including two devastating attacks on educational institutions that killed more than 50 people, many of them students.

As well as insurgent groups, there are several heavily armed warlords with militias in Kabul with long-standing animosities against each other.

JOE BIDEN TWEET ABOUT LEAVING AFGHANISTAN BY 2014 RESURFACES AS TRUMP PULLS TROOPS

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who visited Kabul on Tuesday, condemned the attack and warned "it is important to be vigilant against the spoilers who are working to undermine the peace efforts." He did not identify "the spoilers."

The mortar barrage comes as representatives of the Afghan government and the Taliban continue to hold talks in Qatar, though progress has been slow.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Doha on Saturday to press for a reduction in violence in his meetings with both Taliban and government negotiating teams. The Taliban have mostly ignored such previous requests.

An Afghan man holds rocket shell after a rocket attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing several and wounding dozens of people, an official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

An Afghan man holds rocket shell after a rocket attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. Mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing several and wounding dozens of people, an official said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Pompeo met with 11 members of the Afghan government team, as well as with the Taliban's co-founder, Mulllah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

There are many within the Afghan government who want February's U.S.-Taliban peace deal scrapped. President-elect Joe Biden has called for a small, intelligence-based force in Afghanistan that would focus on counter-terrorism.

Meanwhile, Abdullah Abdullah, head of the government's High Council for Reconciliation, condemned the attack in a tweet, calling it a "cowardly" act. The council oversees the government's negotiating team at the table with the Taliban.

US TO DRAW DOWN TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN, IRAQ BY JAN. 15, PENTAGON SAYS

Hours before the attack rattled Kabul, a bomb attached to a car killed one security worker and wounded three others in an eastern neighborhood of the capital, said Kabul police spokesperson Ferdaws Faramarz.

Violence in Afghanistan has spiked in recent months with increasingly horrific attacks often claimed by the Islamic State affiliate. The Taliban have also continued near daily assaults on beleaguered Afghan government forces.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

There have been increasing calls for a cease fire if peace talks are to continue. The Taliban have been steadfast in their refusal, demanding that any truce be part of the negotiations.

Latest News

November 24, 2020
AOC, Ted Cruz spar over coronavirus aid stalemate as clock ticks for Congress to make deal

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ted Cruz traded barbs over whose party is responsible for a high-stakes stalemate over another coronavirus aid package after Congress left Washington for a weeklong Thanksgiving recess with no deal in place. "People across the country are going hungry, COVID is set to explode, and Mitch McConnell dismissed the Senate […]

Read More
November 24, 2020
After joining Burisma, Hunter Biden requested meetings with Antony Blinken: State Dept. emails

New Secretary of State pick Antony Blinken has a long-standing relationship with President-elect Joe Biden going back to their days in the Obama administration, but State Department emails revealed that during that time Blinken appeared to have made a connection with Hunter Biden as well. In the weeks leading up to the 2020 election, Hunter […]

Read More
November 24, 2020
Rand Paul says US attorney won’t probe protesters who attacked him after RNC

Sen. Rand Paul revealed that Washington prosecutors declined his request for a probe of who funded the protesters that gathered outside the White House and attacked him, his wife and others as they left the event over the summer. In a tweet posted Monday, Paul (R-Ky.) wrote, “The DC U.S. Attorney today confirmed to me […]

Read More
November 24, 2020
Newsom Family Quarantines Amid California’s Covid Surge

ImageA general view of 5th Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter before an imposed curfew on Nov. 21.Credit...Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images Good morning. On Monday, sometime in the middle of his virtual news briefing, Gov. Gavin Newsom coughed. He kept speaking and coughed again. He paused and smiled, apparently anticipating the question. “That’s tea that got in […]

Read More
November 24, 2020
NYPD makes arrest in latest 'subway shove' attack

New York City police announced Tuesday the arrest of a homeless man suspected of pushing a straphanger into the subway tracks in Brooklyn over the weekend. Michael Medlock, 33, was nabbed shortly after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in connection with the Sunday morning attack, in which he allegedly shoved a 29-year-old man onto the tracks from the […]

Read More
November 24, 2020
US diplomat’s wife Anne Sacoolas had immunity when fleeing UK after fatal crash: court

The parents of a UK teen motorcyclist killed by an American diplomat’s wife in a wrong-way crash in England last year lost a court battle Tuesday against the UK government for allowing her to leave the country with diplomatic immunity. Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn, the parents of 19-year-old Harry Dunn, lodged a legal challenge […]

Read More
crossmenuchevron-down