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