ISIS claims attack at Afghanistan's Pakistan embassy
ISIS claimed responsibility for Friday’s attack, which was carried out by two of its members armed with "medium and sniper weapons".
ISIS claimed responsibility for a Friday attack on Pakistan's embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, as per a statement posted by one of the Telegram channels linked to the terrorist group on Sunday.
Shots were fired at Pakistan's Embassy in Kabul on Friday, in what Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif described as an "assassination attempt" on the mission's head. "I demand immediate investigation & action against perpetrators of this heinous act," Sharif tweeted.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by two of its members armed with "medium and sniper weapons" and targeted the ambassador and his guards who were present in the embassy's courtyard.
Taliban officials have stated that they are probing the attack and that gunfire was fired from an adjacent building at the embassy compound.
A Kabul police spokesperson said one suspect had been arrested and two light weapons were seized after security forces swept a nearby building "and prevented the continuation of gunfire."
Pakistan's foreign office stated that it was aware of the ISIS claim of responsibility.
"Independently and in consultation with the Afghan authorities, we are verifying the veracity of these reports," it added in a statement, stressing the attack was a reminder of the dangers that extremist activity poses to the region.
The foreign office concluded by saying: "We must act resolutely with all our collective might to defeat this menace."