Time: 8:54 p.m. CEST
A suicide attack in the Afghan capital Kabul killed at least 80 people and injured more than 200. The attack happened during the demonstration of Shia Hazara minority about the power line route. Reuters reports, graphic television footage shows killed people on the road with blood, close to the protesting site.
Islamic State group claimed the responsibility for the attack with a statement on the Amaq news agency. “Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shiites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan,” Reuters republishes the statement.
That was among worst attacks in the previous months and the target of the Hazara’s Shia religious affiliation, which mostly populates the eastern province of Nangarhar, would be a major escalation, Reuters says. Hazara’s are about nine percent of the population, which is suffering discrimination and thousands died under Taliban rule, Reuters explains.
But, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said, as Reuters reports, they would never take part in any incident, which divides the Afghan people. Hazara’s requested of the government to reroute the power line through Bamayan and Wardak provinces, but previously they also protested when Islamist militants beheaded seven members. The protests, says Reuters, have put pressure on Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani.