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Afghanistan's religious body issues a FATWA banning suicide attacks

04 Jun 2018 Daily Mail Online

Afghanistan's top religious body issued a fatwa against suicide bombings today, shortly before its clerics were targeted by a bomber who killed at least seven people.The bomber detonated his explosives near the entrance of a compound where the religious body, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, was meeting.Shortly before the attack, the clerics had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings .Shortly before the attack, the clerics had issued an Islamic ruling, or a fatwa, declaring that suicide attacks are 'haram' - forbidden under Islamic law.They also called for peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The bomber detonated his explosives near the entrance of a compound where the religious body, known as the Afghan Ulema Council, was meeting. Pictured, Afghan security officials secure the road leading to the venue Initially, four people were reported killed but police very soon raised the death toll to seven and said that nine people were wounded.It was not immediately clear how many of the clerics were among those killed. Ghafor Aziz, police chief of Kabul's 5th District, said that had the attacker penetrated deeper, the casualty numbers could have been significantly higher.

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Around 2,000 members of the council had gathered for the meeting at the tent erected in the Afghan capital's 5th District. The explosion struck as the council was ending and the participants were about to leave, Aziz also said.

Afghan security officials secure the road leading to the venue of the Afghan Ulema Council meeting after a suicide bomb attack in Kabul

Seven people were killed and a further nine people were wounded in Monday's attackThe council appealed on both the Afghan government forces and the Taliban and other militants to halt the fighting and agree on a cease-fire. It also called for peace negotiations between the two sides. It was the first time the council has issued such an appeal.

An Afghan police officer keeps watch at the site of a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on MondayLess than an hour before the attack happened, Ghofranullah Murad, a member of the council, read out a written statement from the gathering saying that innocent Afghan men, women and children are the true victims of war.'The ongoing war in Afghanistan is illegal and has no root in Sharia (Islamic) law,' the statement said. 'It is illegal according to Islamic laws and it does nothing but shed the blood of Muslims.''We the religious Ulema call on the Taliban to respond positively to the peace offer of the Afghan government in order to prevent further bloodshed in the country,' it added.The fatwa also said that killing people by any means - such as bombs and suicide attacks - as well as violent acts, including robbery and kidnapping, count as sins in Islam.  

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