Death toll in Kabul suicide bombing climbs to 10
March 10 2018 12:39 PM
Afghan officials investigate the site of a suicide bomb attack near a Shia mosque in Kabul
Afghan officials investigate the site of a suicide bomb attack near a Shia mosque in Kabul

Dpa/Kabul

The death toll in a Kabul suicide bombing claimed by Islamic State has risen to 10, the Afghan Health Ministry said Saturday.

Twenty-two people were injured in Friday's attack in the predominantly Shia neighbourhood of Dasht-e Barchi and were transferred to hospitals across the city, ministry spokesman Wahidullah Majroh said.

One policeman was among the dead and another three were among the injured, Nasrat Rahimi, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry, said.

The attack took place during a gathering to mark the anniversary of the death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a leader of the Shia Hazara minority.

The claim of responsibility by Islamic State was made on social media. It could not be independently verified by dpa.

Islamic State militants, who consider Shias heretics, have been increasingly targeting the Hazara minority.

According to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, 161 people were killed and 257 others were injured in 2017 as a result of targeted sectarian attacks against Shia places of worship or worshippers.

An Islamic State attack on a Shia cultural centre in the same neighbourhood in late December left 41 people dead and 80 others injured.



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