Kabul, Afghanistan (Brian Hillegas, 2010, CC2) [880]

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Kabul Bombing

Afghan officials say a suicide blast has killed at least 31 people and wounded more than 65 others in Kabu, Afghanistanl.

Officials and witnesses say the bomber targeted a crowd during celebrations to mark the Persian new year, Nowruz, Wednesday near a Shi’ite Muslim neighborhood.

Islamic State claimed responsibility, according to the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors global jihadist threats. The terrorist group identified the bomber as a Pakistani man, saying he detonated his suicide vest amidst the gathering in the Kart-e-Sakhi area.

An Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman, Nasrat Rahimi, said that those killed and wounded were all civilians.

Police and rescue workers say the death toll could rise.

President Ashraf Ghani condemned the terrorist attack as “a crime against humanity,” saying such acts will not deter Afghans from celebrating their national and religious events and undertaking developmental activities.

US General Nicholson Condemns Attack

General John Nicholson, who commands US and NATO’s Resolute Support mission in the country, denounced the attack:

The latest attack by the enemies of the people of Afghanistan once again shows their savagery and inhumanity. It was an indiscriminate attack on innocent civilians.

Islamic State Targeting Shi’ite Mosques

In recent months, IS terrorists have frequently targeted Shi’ite places of worship and gatherings in the capital city and elsewhere in Afghanistan.

The most recent IS-plotted attack took place March 9 when a suicide bomber struck a Shi’ite mosque, killing 10 people.

Afghan authorities have lately tightened security across the city and intelligence officials have claimed to have arrested IS operatives and uncovered the group’s cells.

Despite the success, the government is under fire for not preventing insurgents and terrorists from carrying out deadly attacks in Kabul.

Source: Voice of America

Image: Kabul, Afghanistan (Brian Hillegas, 2010, CC2), detail.

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