ISlamabad — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack near a checkpoint at the Afghan capital’s military airport that killed and injured many people.
IS said in a statement late Tuesday that Sunday’s attack on the checkpoint in Kabul was carried out by the same member who was involved in the attack on a hotel in the capital in mid-May. twelfth.
The regional branch of the Islamic State group — known as Islamic State in Khorasan province and a main rival to the Taliban — has increased attacks in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over in 2021. Targets included Taliban patrols and members of Afghanistan’s Shiite minority.
IS released a photo of the attacker identifying him as Abdul Jabbar, saying he safely withdrew from the hotel attack after running out of ammunition. It added that he detonated his explosive-filled vest aimed at soldiers who were assembling at the checkpoint.
The military airport is about 200 meters from the civilian airport and close to the Interior Ministry, the site of a suicide bombing last October that killed at least four people.
Abdul Nafi Takor, a spokesman for the Taliban-run Interior Ministry, said the blast left “several” people dead and injured, but did not provide figures or further information. He said details of the investigation would be shared later.
Takor and Khalid Zadran, a spokesman for the Kabul police chief, did not respond to requests on Wednesday for further comment.
The checkpoint – located on Airport Road, leading to high-security residential areas where government ministries, foreign embassies and presidential palaces are located – appeared damaged but remained intact.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban government, said at least seven IS members were killed in a Taliban operation in Kabul on Wednesday. He added that seven IS fighters were captured from their hideout in the neighborhood of Shahdai Salehin.
Mujahid said a separate operation in western Nimroz province has resulted in the capture of two more IS. Local residents from the area reported sounds of several explosions and an hour-long gunfight. No other details were immediately available.