KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — About 23 mortar shells slammed into completely different elements of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing no less than eight individuals and wounding 31 others, an official mentioned.

The shells have been fired from two vehicles, Inside Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian mentioned. Nobody took quick accountability for the early morning assault that additionally focused the luxury Wazir Akbar Khan space of Kabul, which homes diplomatic missions.

Not less than one rocket landed within the Iranian Embassy compound. In a tweet, Iran’s embassy in Kabul in confirmed {that a} rocket got here down within the courtyard of the embassy compound and “numerous shrapnel” hit the embassy’s predominant constructing, inflicting some harm to home windows and tools, with out specifying the tools.

“Thankfully the incident has no casualty and all of the workers are in good well being,” mentioned the tweet.

The Taliban issued a fast assertion denying any accountability for the assault. The Islamic State group affiliate additionally operates within the space and has claimed accountability for latest assaults in Kabul together with two devastating assaults on instructional establishments that killed greater than 50 individuals, a lot of them college students.

In addition to rebel teams, there are a number of closely armed warlords with militias residing in Kabul with long-standing animosities towards one another.

Pakistan, whose Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Kabul for the primary time since his election in 2018, condemned the assault and warned “you will need to be vigilant towards the spoilers who’re working to undermine the peace efforts.” He didn’t establish “the spoilers.”

The mortar barrage comes as representatives of the Afghan authorities and the Taliban continued to carry talks in Qatar, although progress has been gradual. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is anticipated to press for a discount in violence in his conferences with each Taliban and authorities negotiating groups later Saturday throughout a daylong cease in Doha. The Taliban have principally ignored such earlier requests.

Hours earlier than the assault rattled Kabul, a bomb hooked up to a automotive killed one member of safety personnel and wounded three others in an japanese neighborhood of the capital, mentioned Kabul police spokesperson Ferdaws Faramarz.

Violence in Afghanistan has spiked in latest months with more and more horrific assaults usually claimed by the Islamic State group affiliate. Nonetheless the Taliban have been waging close to day by day assaults on beleaguered Afghan safety forces.

There have been rising requires a cease-fire if peace talks are to proceed. The Taliban have been steadfast of their refusal, demanding that any cease-fire be a part of the negotiations.