Afghanistan: Death toll from Daesh shooting tops 32

7th Mar 2020
Afghanistan: Death toll from Daesh shooting tops 32

By Shadi Khan Saif

 

KABUL, Afghanistan (AA): The death toll from Friday’s attack in the Afghan capital Kabul surged to over 30 as terrorist group Daesh claimed responsibility for the bloodbath, an official confirmed on Saturday.

Desperation and resentment gripped the capital’s western Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood a day after the anniversary of the death of a local Shi’a Muslim leader was sprayed with bullets, sowing death and shockwaves of horror.

The country’s Interior Ministry on Saturday revised the death toll to 32, with over 60 civilian victims with bullet wounds fighting for life at various public hospitals. Ministry spokesman Nusrat Rahimi told Anadolu Agency that two attackers used a building under construction to launch the attack before they were killed in a shootout.

Survivors of the attack include Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, High Peace Council Chair Abdul Karim Khalili, and former Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani.

On social media, Daesh terrorists group took responsibility for the attack, saying two of its militants had carried it out.

The ceremony marked 25 years since the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a leader of the country’s Shi’a Muslim minority, and Daesh terrorist that targeted a similar event last year.

The Taliban had denied any involvement in the immediate wake of the assault, which Afghan President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani called an “inhumane attack against the national unity.”

In a phone conversation, the leader inquired about the well-being of his bitter electoral rival Abdullah.

The attack came after the U.S. and Taliban reached a landmark peace deal aimed at ending violence in the war-torn country.

In 2019, a ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari – the slain leader of the country’s Sh’ia Muslim Hazara community allegedly killed by the Taliban in 1995 – was also attacked in similar fashion, leaving 11 people killed. Daesh claimed that attack as well.

[Photo: A wounded man is being carried to an ambulance after an armed and bomb attack targeting a commemoration ceremony marking the death anniversary of political leader of the Hezbe Wahdat Abdul Ali Mazari during the speech of chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council Karim Khalili in Kabul, Afghanistan on March 06, 2020. Photographer: Sayed Khodaiberdi Sadat/AA]

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