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ISIS claims responsibility for Sunday's suicide bombing in Kabul

AFP and Salaam Times


Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a suicide bombing in Kabul September 9. [AFP]

Afghan security personnel inspect the site of a suicide bombing in Kabul September 9. [AFP]

KABUL -- The "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least seven Afghans in Kabul Sunday (September 9).

A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up near a convoy of young men wielding guns and commemorating the death anniversary of anti-Soviet and anti-Taliban resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, officials said.

Massoud was killed in 2001 by al-Qaeda suicide bombers in Takhar Province. He led resistance to the 1980s Soviet occupation and to the 1996-2001 Taliban regime.

The 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington occurred two days after Massoud's death.

The force of the suicide blast shattered windows and shook nearby buildings.

At least seven people were reported killed and another 24 wounded in the explosion, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The casualties were all civilians.

2nd would-be bomber was thwarted

Afghan troops said Sunday they fatally shot another man who was trying to blow himself up near Massoud supporters in another part of Kabul.

The violence came as convoys of gun-wielding men terrorised Kabul during their commemorations of the 17th anniversary of Massoud's death.

Dozens of cars and pickups carrying men armed with heavy weapons and waving flags dating back to the resistance days drove around the city, blaring loud sirens and firing into the air.

At least 13 people were wounded by falling bullets and taken to the hospital, Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said.

Police arrested 110 suspects and seized 20 vehicles and 10 weapons, the Interior Ministry said, as part of a crackdown on the violent commemorations.

Sunday's ISIS attack comes days after twin blasts tore through a wrestling club in a Shia-dominated neighborhood last Wednesday (September 5), which killed at least 26 Afghans, including two journalists, and wounded 91.

ISIS claimed responsibility for that bombing.

ISIS, which has been militarily defeated in Iraq and Syria and relegated to inhospitable areas of Afghanistan, now regularly resorts to attacking "soft" targets, including those frequented by children.

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بې نوم | 09-10-2018

Your news are commendable because you put together good information in, but in the sentence, where you wrote, (he led resistance to the 1980s Soviet occupation and to the 1996-2001 Taliban regime) it is wrong that Massoud led the resistance during the Soviet occupation. In fact, at that time, Massoud was only a commander of one of the 7 [resistance] organizations [Jamiat party led by Burhanuddin Rabbani] in Panjshir District, and there were tens and hundreds of commanders of his level in Afghanistan. The fact is that, even at that time Massoud was not fighting against the Soviet forces, but instead he has made secrete protocols with Soviet [officials] from whom he got weapons and funds and then he was using it against other Mujahideen [holy warriors]. From the beginning of his struggle, Ahmad Shah Massoud, with support from Iran, Russians and French, wanted to lead a movement against Pashtuns in Afghanistan; however, he gave kind of religious color to his this work, because in a video he directly used bad words for Pashtuns. He was an impersonator as he was cheating all; Americans, Russians, Iranians and Frenchs and others and he was robbing money from all of them and was strengthening his group with it. Massoud and Gulbadin were initially trained by Pakistani intelligence agencies against the government of Afghanistan. They kept their relations with Pakistan up to the end, and even at the time when Massoud's opponent Taliban were keeping interests of Pakistan in Afghanistan, Massoud's group was running a weekly named Khawra [Pashto term for soil/territory] in Pakistan and was keeping relation with them.