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ISIS claims responsibility for Sunday's suicide bombing in Kabul

10 Sep 2018 Salaam Times

KABUL -- The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least seven Afghans in Kabul Sunday (September 9).

A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up near a convoy of young men wielding guns and commemorating the death anniversary of anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, officials said.

Massoud was killed in 2001 by al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Takhar Province. He led resistance to the 1980s Soviet occupation and to the 1996-2001 Taliban regime.

The 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington occurred two days after Massoud's death.

The force of the suicide blast shattered windows and shook nearby buildings.

At least seven people were reported killed and another 24 wounded in the explosion, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The casualties were all civilians.

2nd would-be bomber was thwarted

Afghan troops said Sunday they fatally shot another man who was trying to blow himself up near Massoud supporters in another part of Kabul.

The violence came as convoys of gun-wielding men terrorised Kabul during their commemorations of the 17th anniversary of Massoud's death.

Dozens of cars and pickups carrying men armed with heavy weapons and waving flags dating back to the resistance days drove around the city, blaring loud sirens and firing into the air.

At least 13 people were wounded by falling bullets and taken to the hospital, Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said.

Police arrested 110 suspects and seized 20 vehicles and 10 weapons, the Interior Ministry said, as part of a crackdown on the violent commemorations.

Sunday's ISIS attack comes days after twin blasts tore through a wrestling club in a Shia-dominated neighborhood last Wednesday (September 5), which killed at least 26 Afghans, including two journalists, and wounded 91.

ISIS claimed responsibility for that bombing.

ISIS, which has been militarily defeated in Iraq and Syria and relegated to inhospitable areas of Afghanistan, now regularly resorts to attacking "soft" targets, including those frequented by children.

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