At least 80 people were killed and 231 injured Saturday when suicide bombers attacked a large demonstration in the Afghan capital of Kabul, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.
The demonstration was organized by ethnic Hazaras demanding that a major regional power line be rerouted through their impoverished home province. Most Hazaras are Shiite Muslims but most Afghans are Sunni.
The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying in a statement on its Amaq News Agency that two of its fighters detonated explosive belts during the march, the KHAAMA news agency reported.
The privately owned Afghan TOLOnews site quoted an unidentified high-ranking Afghan security official as saying security forces killed a third bomber before another explosive was detonated.
A Taliban spokesman strongly denied any involvement from his group in the attack, calling it an “act of making enmity among Afghan ethnicities,” Ehsanullah Amiri, a Wall Street Journal reporter said on Twitter. The Taliban have been waging a vicious insurgency against the Kabul government for 15 years, since their regime was overthrown by the U.S. invasion in 2001… see more