Concerned about retaliatory attacks after defeat of Daesh in parts of Iraq, Baghdad calls for stricter security measures at embassies.
Iraqi Delegation to Investigate Embassy Attack
The Iraqi government has sent a delegation to Kabul to investigate the Daesh attack on their embassy in Kabul on Monday.
Iraq's foreign ministry said following Daesh's defeat in Iraq, Baghdad has urged a number of countries to put more security measures in place to safeguard Iraqi embassies.
Meanwhile Afghanistan's acting minister of foreign affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani, spoke to his Iraqi counterpart on Monday by phone and assured him that such attacks will not change Kabul and Baghdad's commitment to fighting terrorism.
Rabbani said that Kabul is committed to maintaining the safety of Iraqi diplomats.
Afghan National Security Adviser Haneef Atmar also met with Iraq's ambassador to Kabul on Monday, after he survived the attack on the embassy.
In this meeting, Atmar expressed his condolences over the attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul.
The two sides emphasized on joint combat against terrorism, the National Security Advisor’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.
At least four Daesh insurgents carried out the attack on the Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday morning in the Ansari area of the city.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) said in a statement that three attackers were killed by security forces after a gunfight that lasted almost four hours.
The MoI said that “one policeman was wounded in the attack.”
“No embassy staff members were hurt in the attack. The security forces rescued the ambassador, deputy ambassador and other staff and took them to a safe place,” the MoI said.
According to the MoI, a suicide bomber first detonated explosives near the entrance to the embassy. At least three others then stormed the compound.
One source said the insurgents were wearing police uniforms when they launched the attack.
Daesh claimed responsibility for the attack.