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Suicide bomber strikes near Iraqi embassy in Afghan capital Kabul

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Suicide bomber attack near Iraqi embassy in Afghan capital Kabul Afghan security forces arrive during gun fire at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 31, 2017. Reuters

Kabul: Afghan security forces battled gunmen near a police compound and the nearby Iraqi embassy in Kabul on Monday following a suicide bombing, officials said.

The target of the attack was not immediately clear but police on the scene said that the gunmen appeared to have taken cover in the embassy building in a business district of the city, from where smoke could be seen rising.

Security officials said there appeared to be five gunmen involved but there was no immediate word on any casualties.

Meanwhile, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the suicide attack, the group's Amaq news agency reported on Monday.

The attack comes a week after at least 35 people were killed in a suicide attack on government workers in Kabul and underlines the precarious security in Afghanistan as the U.S. administration considers an overhaul of its policy in the region.

Last week's attack was claimed by the Taliban. A spokesman for the insurgent movement said he had no immediate information on Monday's attack.

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