ISKP attackers of Pakistan Embassy, Kabul hotel ‘killed’

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Militants involved in the attack on the Pakistani embassy in Kabul and a separate attack on a hotel targeting Chinese nationals were killed, said Afghan Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid on Thursday confirming details of an operation that “eliminated a group of ISKP in Kabul and Nimroz provinces”.

Earlier in December, a Pakistani security guard was wounded by shots fired at the Pakistan embassy in the Afghan capital, in what Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had called “an assassination attempt” on the head of the mission Ubaidur Rehman Nizamani, who remained safe.

Meanwhile, on December 12, armed men had opened fire inside a hotel in central Kabul popular with Chinese nationals. Beijing had later confirmed that five of its nationals were wounded in the attack.

Zabihullah Mujahid, in a statement said that the security forces of the Taliban administration had carried out operations against a “dangerous and important network” of Daesh (Islamic State) on Wednesday.

The spokesman confirmed that eight members of the militant group, including foreign nationals, were killed in the operation, while seven others were arrested and that the Daesh members were involved in both of the aforementioned attacks.

A woman IS-KP member was also reportedly arrested during the operation. However, Mujahid refrained from sharing the details of the militants’ nationalities “for security purposes”.