The latest: The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has now published pictures of the attack which they conducted on the Pakistani embassy in Kabul on December 2, wherein they had tried to target Pakistan’s Chief of Mission in Kabul.
- The latest images released via the group’s magazine showcase snipers of ISIS shooting at the Pakistani embassy in Kabul.
- An ISIS magazine released images of the attack on Pakistan’s chief of mission in Kabul, in which one of the embassy’s guards had been injured.
- Pakistan had recently announced had it was keeping its embassy in Kabul open despite the attack and is conducting an independent investigation in cooperation with the Taliban government into claims of an attack by ISIS.
Back story: On Friday last week, shots were fired at Pakistan’s top diplomat in Kart-e-Parwan, Kabul, from a building overlooking the Pakistani embassy in Kart-e-Parwan, Kabul.
- A guard placed himself as a “shield” to protect the chief of mission and was shot in the chest and leg.
- The Pakistani diplomat survived the assassination.
- ISIS had claimed responsibility for the attack.
- Hours after the attack, the Taliban had announced the arrest of a suspect from a building near the Pakistani embassy.
Why it matters? The Taliban insists that Afghanistan is stable, and the ISIS group does not have a physical presence in the country. However, after the Taliban’s return to power in 2021, ISIS has taken responsibility for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan.
Zoom out: Earlier, the Taliban had also announced that it had arrested a person in connection with the attack who confessed to its links to ISIS.
- Taliban spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, had said that the attack carried out by a foreign citizen and an ISIS member, in collusion with “insurgents”. Mujahid had stressed that there are circles which are trying to ruin relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.