Attacks in Kabul and northern Afghanistan kill more than 20

11 March, 2018, 01:34 | Author: Irene Delgado
  • Afghan policemen keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul Afghanistan

The blast occurred when a crowd had gathered in Mosalla-e Mazar area for the anniversary celebrations of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a Hazara political leader killed by the Taliban in 1995.

Afghan officials investigate the site of a suicide bomb attack near a Shi'ite mosque in Kabul, Afghanistan March 9, 2018.

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. One policeman was among the dead.

Fazlullah is known for training suicide bombers, and was the target of a US drone strike that killed over 20 militants on Wednesday. He claimed the Taliban had inflicted a far higher number of casualties but the insurgents often exaggerate their claims.

In December, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack that killed dozens of people at a Shia cultural center.

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Friday's attack came less than two weeks after President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to join peace talks to end more than 16 years of the latest phase of Afghan war.

"We were inside the mosque when a loud explosion took place".

"We are in Afghanistan as a guest of a sovereign Afghan government that's recognized by the United Nations and global community, with our presence enshrined in the strategic partnership agreement and a bilateral security agreement". The group said it targeted a gathering of Shiites as they were commemorating the death of a "tyrant", an apparent reference to Mazari.

In other developments, the Taliban launched a deadly assault overnight on an army outpost in a remote region of Afghanistan's northern Takhar province, killing six soldiers and wounding five in a blistering hours-long attack, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.


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