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Afghanistan Government Arrests ‘Foreign’ ISIS Member For Attack On Pakistani Embassy In Kabul

Afghanistan
December 5, 2022

This was stated by the Taliban's chief spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid on Monday.

Afghanistan Government has arrested a foreign member of the Islamic State (IS) for an attack last week on Pakistan's embassy in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

This was stated by the Taliban's chief spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid on Monday.

Mujahid refused to say the suspect's nationality or whether he was the same person who had been arrested hours earlier, according to other officials.

"This person is a citizen of a foreign country and a member of IS.

"The investigation revealed that this attack was jointly organised by IS and rebels. Some foreign malicious circles are behind the attack and the aim was to create distrust between the two brotherly countries," he said.

A security guard was wounded by shots fired at the embassy in Friday's attack.

Although no country officially recognises Afghanistan's Taliban government, Pakistan kept its embassy open even after the hardline Islamists took over in August of last year, and it maintains a full diplomatic mission.

Pakistan is home to more than a million Afghan refugees, and the porous border they share is frequently the reason for clashes between the two nations.

Although the Taliban has prohibited public protests, Afghans have staged small demonstrations against Pakistan in response to such incidents.

 

Meanwhile, according to Pakistan's foreign ministry, the ambassador, Ubaid ur Rehman Nizamani, is now in Islamabad "for consultations," but there are no plans to close the embassy or withdraw staff, MSN reports.

 

Since their taking over of the country, the Talibans have been making every effort to portray Afghanistan as a safe place for diplomats, but two Russian embassy staff members were killed in a suicide bombing outside the mission in September, in another IS-claimed attack.

Also, a gunman shot dead a Pakistan security guard at the Chaman border crossing, leading to its closure for a week in November.

These frequent militant attacks demonstrate that the Taliban government has failed to stop foreign militant groups from operating in the country as promised.