IN THE NEWS: AFGHANISTAN MOURNS DOZENS WHO DIED AFTER ISIS SUICIDE BOMBERS ATTACKED HAZARA MINORITY PROTEST (JULY 24, 2016)

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Afghanistan mourns dozens who died after ISIS suicide bombers attacked Hazara minority protest
SOURCE: Afghanistan Sun
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Afghanistan mourns dozens who died after ISIS suicide bombers attacked Hazara minority protest
Afghanistan Sun Sunday 24th July, 2016

• At least 80 people were killed and 231 others injured in the attacks
• Suicide bomber detonated explosives amidst peaceful demonstrators
• ISIS claimed the attack through its affiliated news agency

KABUL, Afghanistan – The grief-stricken Hazara minority in Afghanistan, along with the rest of the country observed national mourning after one of the deadliest Islamic State (ISIS) attack ripped through the capital on Saturday.

As funerals are being planned for about 80 people who died in the attack in the capital, authorities have raised concerns about 231 other that are still battling for life after being injured in the suicide bombings.

Three suicide bombers are said to have targeted the country’s Shi’ite Muslim minority at a demonstration that was being organised in Kabul’s Deh Mazang Square on Saturday.

The suicide bombers are said to have detonated explosives at the centre of a protest march being organised by the country’s ethnic Hazaras minority. The group was holding a demonstration to voice demands that a major regional electric power line be routed through their Bamyan province, in the west of Kabul.

A short while later, ISIS issued a statement claiming the attacks via its affiliated news agency Aamaq. The terror group claimed that this was the first time it was launching an attack in the Afghan capital.

Amaq said in a brief news alert, “Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi’ites in… the city of Kabul in Afghanistan.”

Addressing the country later, President Ashraf Ghani said, “Peaceful demonstrations are the right of every citizen of Afghanistan and the government will do everything it can to provide them with security.”

Ghani told the nation, “I promise you I will take revenge against the culprits.”

In a bid to ensure safety, the country’s Ministry of Interior has banned all public gatherings and demonstrations for ten days. The Deh Mazang Square is said to remain closed by Hazara protesters. The Interior Ministry also disclosed on Sunday that only one of the three attackers managed to detonate his explosives. Sources then revealed that the belt of the second suicide bomber failed to explode and the third attacker was struck and brought down by security forces.

Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan has lashed out at the attackers and said that Saturday’s attack was a “war crime.” He condemned the attack stating that the attackers had specifically targeted a large number of civilians.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s most prominent Islamist militant group, Taliban too is said to have condemned the attack.

Reports over the last one year have pointed out towards the increasing ISIS activity in Afghanistan as the group loses foothold in its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

 

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