The Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for an explosion that targeted the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday morning.

Three militants breached the compound after a fourth IS member detonated himself in a car outside the embassy gate, according to reports.

Najib Danish, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry, said embassy personnel was evacuated immediately following the sounds of explosions and gunfire.

“There is no threat to the ambassador and the employees of the embassy,” Danish said. “They were taken to a safe place.”

The spokesman described the incident as “a terrorist attack.”

Witnesses and police near the embassy said they heard at least five explosions as well as gunfire.

No injuries have been reported.

The extremist group took responsibility for the attack on their propaganda news outlet Amaq, where the headline “[IS] attack the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan city of Kabul” was posted without further detail.

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