ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attack Aimed At Afghan Hazaras

11 March, 2018, 01:39 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility late Thursday for the outpost assault and the police slayings.

His confirmation came a day after officials said the drone targeted a compound, and Khurasani said those killed in the strike were seminary students.

One policeman and six civilians were killed and 15 civilians wounded when the bomber was stopped at a security checkpoint in the Mosalla-e Mazar area of Kabul, said Najib Danesh, an interior ministry spokesman.

Shah Shir Azara, a security marshal at the site, said 13 people had been killed.

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The Islamic State, or the Khorasan Province as its affiliate in Afghanistan is known, claimed responsibility in a posting on an Islamic State-linked website.

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.

She said there is a way to end the conflict with the global support and it is now up to the Taliban leaders to respond to the serious offer of talks from the Afghan President.

Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims, and Sunni militant groups consider all Shiites heretics and urge followers to kill them.

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The development comes as the Taliban face growing pressure to take up the Afghan government's recent offer of peace talks to end a more than 16-year insurgency that has claimed thousands of lives.

The spokesman for the Health Ministry, Wahid Majro, said several of the wounded were in critical condition and he feared that the death toll could rise. Provincial Police Spokesman said Taliban attacked an army outpost in a remote region of northern Takhar province killing ten policemen.

Information for this article was contributed by Maamoun Youssef and Kathy Gannon of The Associated Press.

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