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US blames Iran for Kabul attack

15 Jun 2019 1TV News

2019-06-15 | 17 minute ago

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has suggested that Iran has been behind a deadly car bomb attack in Afghan capital Kabul on May 31.

Four Afghan civilians were killed while four US service members were wounded in the bombing which was claimed by the Taliban.

Pompeo blamed Iran for the attack after saying that the country was responsible for the attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

“This is only the latest in a series of attacks instigated by the Islamic Republic of Iran and its surrogates against American and allied interests, and they should be understood in the context of 40 years of unprovoked aggression against freedom-loving nations,” Pompeo said.

US has previously said that Iran supports militants in Afghanistan, but it is the first time that Iran is accused of being behind a particular attack in the country.

Iranian Embassy in Kabul dismissed Pompeo’s claim as “untrue and baseless.””

“Condemning terrorist acts in every part of the world, the Islamic Republic of Iran has consistently voiced its readiness to cooperate with regional governments and especially Afghanistan in combatting these acts,” the embassy said in a statement on Friday.

“…the United States’ raising of these baseless allegations comes at a time when the Islamic Republic of Iran, based on its own interests and national security, has acted, not claimed, to work closely with the Afghan government to strengthen the stability, security and peace of the neighboring country,” the statement read.

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