Afghanistan mourns Kabul protest bombing victims

    Afghanistan mourns Kabul protest bombing victims

    July 24, Kabul: Afghanistan is observing a day of national mourning following the suicide bombing of a protest march in the capital, Kabul, that killed 80 people and wounded 230.

    According to reports, so-called Islamic State (IS) has said it was behind Saturday's attack on members of the Shia Hazara minority.

    In a televised address, President Ashraf Ghani vowed to take revenge against those responsible.

    The UN mission in Afghanistan has described the attack as a "war crime".

    Tadamichi Yamamoto, head of the UN assistance mission, said the attackers had specifically targeted a large number of civilians, according to media reports.

    On Saturday, the IS-linked Amaq news agency said two fighters had detonated explosive belts at a "gathering of Shia" in Deh Mazang square. Thousands of members of the Hazara minority were protesting over a new power line, saying its route bypasses provinces where many of them live.

    The Taliban condemned the attack.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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