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Attacks target Hekmatyar’s office and Pakistan embassy in Kabul

On Friday, two separate attacks in Kabul targeted Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami, and Obaidul Rahman Nizamani, the Pakistani ambassador in Kabul.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of Hizb-e-Islami, said in a video message that the attackers “in women’s clothes and chador/burqa” entered his residence and were wearing explosive vests.

This evening, the Pakistani embassy in Kabul came under attack from a building near the Pakistani embassy in Kabul.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan strongly condemned the attack on the Pakistani embassy building in Kabul and the attempt to assassinate the country’s ambassador and called for “immediate and complete investigations” in the matter.

In this statement, it asked the Taliban interim government to “immediately conduct a full investigation into this attack, arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the attack, and take immediate measures to ensure the safety of diplomatic personnel and Pakistani citizens in Afghanistan.”

In this incident, the ambassador’s guard was “severely injured”.

The Taliban’s foreign ministry condemned the attack and said that an “immediate investigation” has been launched into this incident.

Two months ago, suicide attackers near the gate of the Russian embassy in Kabul killed at least 2 employees of the embassy and 4 Afghan citizens, and injured several others.

Furthermore, three attackers detonated a car full of explosives near the office of the leader of Hizb-e-Islami and tried to enter Mr. Hekmatyar’s office.

Ghairat Bahir, a senior member of Hizb-e-Islami, told AFP that the attackers were killed while trying to enter the building of Hizb-e-Islami, where a mosque is also located, and the third person escaped.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for these attacks.

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