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Militants Attack Iraqi Embassy In Kabul

An Afghan policeman covers himself as smoke rises from the site of an attack in Kabul on July 31.

Afghan security forces continue to exchange fire with militants who have launched an attack on the Iraqi Embassy in Kabul.

The Interior Ministry said on July 31 that a suicide bomber blew himself up at the main gate of the embassy, allowing three gunmen to enter the building located in the central Shar-e-Naw neighborhood.

Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the Iraqi diplomats were safe and that clearance operation was ongoing.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

Officials earlier said that civilians were being evacuated from the area.

Pictures posted on social media showed plumes of smoke rising into the sky.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack, its propaganda agency Amaq said.

Kabul has seen a number of deadly attacks this year blamed on the Taliban or the IS group.

With reporting by Reuters, AP, AFP