Blast in Kabul's Shia area kills at least seven; Daesh claims responsibility

Randolph Lopez
March 11, 2018

The Islamic Unity Party of Afghanistan belonging to the ethnic Shia community was marking the 23rd death anniversary of its slain leader Abdul Ali Mazari in the area when the blast took place, he added.

A suicide bomber targeting Afghanistan's minority Hazaras blew himself up at a police checkpoint in western Kabul, killing nine people and wounding more than a dozen, officials said.

Local Hazara leader Mohammad Mohaqiq told the gathering that the explosion was an attempt to terrorize Afghans. One policeman was among the dead.

The group has not publicly responded to Ghani's invitation and previously said it would negotiate only with USA officials.

However, Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh disputed the number, saying the suicide bombing claimed 10 lives and wounding 22 others.

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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. Mazari was killed by the Taliban in 1995.

The bomber appeared to have meant to attack a crowd gathered to mark the anniversary of the killing of Hazara political leader Abdul Ali Mazari by the Taliban in 1995, but he was stopped before reaching the main gathering.

"We are in Afghanistan as a guest of a sovereign Afghan government that's recognized by the United Nations and worldwide community, with our presence enshrined in the strategic partnership agreement and a bilateral security agreement".

On Thursday night, Taliban fighters attacked a joint army and police outpost in the northern province of Takhar, killing seven soldiers and 10 policemen, according to Khalil Aseer, a provincial police spokesman.

In return, the militants would have to recognize the Kabul government and respect the rule of law.

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