ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attack Aimed At Afghan Hazaras

Larry Hoffman
March 11, 2018

The bombing in southwest Kabul was claimed by the Islamic State.

The event was attended by some of the country's top politicians, including Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and his deputy Mohammad Mohaqiq, a senior Hazara figure. In late January, a Taliban attacker drove an ambulance filled with explosives into the heart of the city, killing at least 103 people and wounding as many as 235.

In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked an army outpost overnight in an hourslong firefight and ambushed policemen sent to help the troops, killing six soldiers and 10 policemen.

The Pakistani Taliban has confirmed the death of the son of leader Mullah Fazlullah in a suspected US drone strike on March 6.

Yamamoto stressed that President Ashraf Ghani "offered peace to the Taliban without preconditions, and laid out a path for negotiations with ... concrete proposals".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast, which happened near a high-profile gathering to mark the 23rd anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari - a prominent former leader of the mainly Shi'ite Hazara ethnic community who was killed by the Taliban in 1995.

"We are grieved at the loss of precious lives in the brutal attack of terrorism", said a statement issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad.

The death toll has risen to nine, Waheed Majroh, spokesman for the Health Ministry said.

"We were inside the mosque when a loud explosion took place". The report could not be independently confirmed because of the area's remoteness.

As per an account of the security officials, over two dozen militants were being trained in the camp as suicide bombers when it came under attack from the CIA-operated pilotless aircraft.

Mujahid also claimed responsibility for that attack.

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