Afghanistan: Islamic State (Wilayat Khorasan) claim attack on Pakistani consulate Jalalabad

An Afghan man kisses his daughter as he walks near an attack from a building close to the Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad on January 13, 2016. A suicide bombing followed by gunfire rocked an area near the Pakistani consulate in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad on January 13, killing at least two police officers, officials said. AFP PHOTO / Noorullah Shirzada / AFP / Noorullah Shirzada

An Afghan man kisses his daughter as he walks near an attack from a building close to the Pakistan consulate in Jalalabad on January 13, 2016. …AFP / Noorullah Shirzada

Islamic State posted a statement on social media site today accepting responsibility for an attack on the Pakistani consulate, Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. The assault claimed the lives of 7 members of the Afghan Security Forces and injured 7 others. The Tajrobawee Girls School nearby had to be evacuated with parents carrying their children to safety. BBC reported,

“the gunmen barricaded themselves in a house after a suicide attack on the consulate compound in the city.

Witnesses reported heavy gunfire and explosions. Reports say all the gunmen were killed.”

Islamic State (known as Wilayat Khorasan) in the region of Afghanistan, Pakistan first emerged in the summer of 2014 when former Taliban defected to join the group, see following link,

“Are IS gaining a foothold in AfPak? New video release shows some allegiance in the region”

https://activist1.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/are-is-gaining-a-foothold-in-afpak-new-video-release-shows-some-allegiance-in-the-region/

IS statement reads as follows,

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Not everyone was convinced,

Borhan Osman, researcher with Afghanistan Analysts Network tweeted,

Those claiming the on behalf of IS Khorasan have given too little details to make their claim convincing.

The foreign affairs ministry, Islamabad condemned “the terrorist attack” and requested a thorough investigation. The Guardian reported, “one official at the consulate was slightly injured by broken glass” according to the statement.

This attack follows closely on from an incident in early January in the vicinity of the Indian consulate in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif, see following article for more details,

“Gun battle near Indian mission in Mazar-e-Sharif”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-35298019

Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad. She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage

About Carol Anne Grayson

Blogging for Humanity.... Campaigner/researcher global health/human rights/drones/WOT/insurgency http://www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCInfoCentre/PO/experts/Health_and_Wellbeing.aspx Exec Producer of Oscar nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad, currently filming on drones.
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