Sunday, July 24, 2016

80 killed, 230 wounded in Kabul suicide bombing

80 killed, 230 wounded in Kabul
suicide bombing 

Kabul : At least 80 people were killed and over 230 injured when Islamic State suicide bombers targeted a mass demonstration in the Afgan capital on Saturday, 23rd July 2016.

IS fighters detonated explosive belts amidst a "gathering of Shi'ites" in Deh Mazang, said the group's Amaq News Agency.

President Ashraf Ghani addressed the nation and condemned the attack that also claimed the life of at least one journalist, said Tolo News. "I will get revenge on those who shed the blood of our citizens," said Ghani. He ordered Sunday be observed as a day of national mourning. "Our enemies, by attacking civil liberties, think that they can divide us. But they will fail," he said.

Ghani confirmed that one of three suicide bombers, who had joined demonstrators at the mass rally on Saturday, had been gunned down by security forces before he could detonate his explosives. "I have directed a special commission and the attorney general to investigate the incident and find those responsible," he said.

The incident took place as thousands of demonstrators gathered for a sit-in protest at Deh Mazang against the route of a planned power line project.

The Taliban militant group has denied any hand in the deadly attack. Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the group has no link with the explosions in Kabul city, calling it a move to create divisions among the people, said

The Ministry of Interior on Saturday night confirmed the death toll had risen to 80 and that over 230 people were wounded.

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