Releasing a joint-statement in response to the suicide bombing near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, some of Afghanistan’s diplomatic missions and consulates said that the incident indicates Taliban’s failure in ensuring security.
On Monday’s afternoon a suicide bombing hit the entrance gate of a business centre near the Taliban’s foreign ministry. Later, the Taliban’s police in Kabul and its interior ministry confirmed the death of at least six civilians.
The Taliban also said that several others, including three of the group’s forces, were killed in the attack.
According to the Taliban, its forces gunned down the suicide bomber near a security checkpoint leading to the Ministry’s compound before reaching his target.
Meanwhile, these diplomatic missions which are still led by diplomats of the previous Republic government claimed in their joint-statement that “a number of the foreign ministry’s employees” were either killed or wounded in the attack.
The incident “indicates the brutality of the perpetrators and the failure of the Taliban in ensuring security,” the diplomatic missions said, condemning the attack in strongest terms.
Claiming responsibility for the attack, the Islamic State – Khurasan Province (ISKP) said its suicide bomber has killed and wounded 20 people, including diplomats, in front of the ministry’s compound.
Kabul and other provinces have been hit by deadly blasts in recent months, some of which have been claimed by the ISKP. The attack comes nearly three months after another ISKP suicide bomber killed at least 16 Taliban diplomats in January outside the ministry’s compound.