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Pakistan condemns Kabul terror attack

06 January, 2018, 02:36 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Dozens of casualties as suicide blast hits Afghan capital Kabul

A regional affiliate of the Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it had targeted the police.

Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for the governor of eastern Nangarhar province, told Anadolu Agency that the attack took place on the outskirts of Jalalabad city in Muqam Khan neighborhood, where the locals had gathered for the funeral prayers of a district governor in the afternoon.

The death toll in Kabul's PD9 explosion has risen to 20, while 30 others injured in the blast.

According to the Afghan police, the death toll from the previous night's suicide attack in Kabul soared to 20 on Friday.

Kabul has been hit hard by terror attacks attributed to Taliban, Islamic State (IS), and other militants operating in the country.

Several days ago a suicide bomber killed more than 40 people at a Shi'ite cultural centre in the capital.

IS claimed responsibility for the December 28 attack, which Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a "crime against humanity" committed by terrorists.

The IS group has gained ground in Afghanistan since it first appeared in the region in 2015 and has scaled up its attacks in Kabul, including on security installations and the country's Shiite minority.

US troops have remained in the country, although at greatly reduced numbers, helping to train and support Afghan forces in their battles against the militant groups.



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