Originally, the Taliban was blamed for killing dozens in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, however, ISIS claimed responsibility for the joint suicide bombing, CNN reports.
Afghan Health Ministry spokesman Ismail Kawoosi revealed that 80 bodies have been located and more than 260 people were transferred to a Kabul hospital after Saturday’s ISIS attack during a peaceful protest.
Afghan journalist Fatima Faizi was there to see it all.
“I saw tens of people laying down in blood around me and hundreds of people running away from the scene.”
The attack in Kabul was the worst in months in terms of casualties.
Thirty-year-old protestor Sayed Hamed was already in his hotel room 1.2 miles away when the attack occurred.
“As I was watching from my hotel and some people were running toward the scene and some were crying coming from the scene, it was a very sad situation, and everyone was trying to find their relatives or friends.”
The protest was the second one of the year by Shiite Hazaras, a minority group seeking a power transmission line through their province to ensure electricity.
An anonymous Afghan security officer reveals that a third bomber was killed by security forces before his bomb was detonated. Two ISIS attackers committed suicide during the bombings.
Alok Sharma, the Minister of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, made this statement.
“The UK remains steadfast and resolute in our long-term commitment to the Afghan people. We will continue to work with the Government of Afghanistan to help build a more stable and secure Afghanistan.”
While the Afghanistan has been fighting a war against the Taliban for 14 years, ISIS has been making a presence. Due to the recent ISIS attacks in Afghanistan, President Obama is slowing down the drawback of thousands of troops in order to support Afghanistan.
“Afghanistan… remains one of the poorest countries in the world. It is going to continue to take time for them to build up military capacity that we sometimes take for granted. And given the enormous challenges they face, the Afghan people will need the partnership of the world, led by the United States, for many years to come.”
The past few years have been filled with ISIS attacks in Afghanistan. On April 18, 2015, 33 people were killed after a suicide bomber blew himself up while riding a motorcycle in front of a bank in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. More than 100 people were injured during this ISIS attack.
On January 13, 2016, an attack against the Pakistani consulate in Jalalabad was launched by ISIS killing six people and three of the ISIS attackers.
Sher Wali Wardak, an Afghan member of parliament, was assassinated on June 5, 2016, after an ISIS affiliate bombed his car in Kabul.
On June 20, 2016, both the Taliban and ISIS claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in Kabul on a bus carrying Nepalese security guards. After 16 people were reported dead from the attack, ISIS identified the bomber as Irfanullah Ahmed. Further, ISIS published a photo of the alleged bomber.
Just recently, after the suicide attack on June 20, President Obama approved airstrikes against the Taliban, which was previously banned.
U.S. airstrikes have been limited for the past couple of years after the U.S. and NATO officially ended their combat war. Airstrikes were limited to self-defense only.
Recently, Obama has made the decision to keep 8,400 U.S. troops in Afghanistan through 2017, rather than reducing the number of troops to 5,500 by the end of this year, NDTV reports.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani made an announcement on live television after the alleged attack.
“I promise you, I will take revenge against the culprits.”
Afghanistan is not alone with their ISIS attacks. We will never forget those lost in Orlando after an ISIS attack took 49 lives on June 12.
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