Kabul (Web Desk) At least seven people have been killed and seven others wounded after a suicide attack near a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials said.
“In the explosion, seven were martyred and seven were wounded,” Najib Danish, the interior ministry spokesman, wrote on Facebook after the attack on Friday.
According to Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesman for the interior minister, a suicide bomber blew himself up while trying to enter a gathering commemorating the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a former leader of the mainly Shia Hazara community. Mazari was killed by the Taliban in 1995.
The local TOLO news said the explosion occurred close to Mosalla-e-Mazari area in Kabul’s sixth district.
Last December, dozens were killed in an attack on a Shia cultural center claimed by the Daesh Takfiri terror group, which has been growing in size and expanding its operations in the country over the past two years.
Daesh terrorists and Taliban militants also massacred dozens of civilians, mostly Shia Hazaras, during an attack on a village in Afghanistan’s northern province of Sar-e Pul last August.
In other developments, the Taliban launched a deadly assault overnight on an army outpost in a remote region of northern Takhar province, killing six soldiers and wounding five, Defense Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said.
Members of the local police who were sent to assist the soldiers were ambushed by the Taliban while on their way to the outpost in the remote district of Khwaja Ghar.
Ten local policemen were killed and nine were wounded in the ambush, provincial police spokesman Khali Aseir said.
Islamic State claims Kabul suicide blast: Amaq news agency
The so-called Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/Daesh/IS) claimed a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday which killed at least seven people in a crowd gathered to commemorate a political leader from the mainly Shi’ite Hazara minority.
The group gave no evidence for its claim, which it published online via its Amaq news agency.