Published: Sun, August 19, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Iran Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attack in Kabul

Iran Condemns Deadly Terrorist Attack in Kabul

Despite contradictory reports from the ground and U.S. and Afghan authorities over the weekend, the fighting in Ghazni appears by Wednesday to have been quelled, with Operation Resolute Support saying on Tuesday that United States aircraft had killed more than 200 Taliban fighters from the air.

The Afghan Army prioritized transporting captured ISIS fighters to Kabul over re-supplying one of its bases in the northern Faryab province that the Taliban had been besieging for weeks. The blast left the floor strewn with twisted metal, broken desks and human limbs.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but officials blame the Islamic State group, which has targeted Shiites in the past.

According to al Jazeera, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack.

Gunmen on Thursday launched an attack on an intelligence training facility in the Afghan capital of Kabul, officials said.

UNICEF executive director, Henrietta Fore, said after Wednesday's attack that the agency is "gravely concerned about the growing violence across Afghanistan, especially over the past week, where children continue to be the hardest hit".

Mourners decried the unrelenting bloodshed, while others dismissed murmurings of possible ceasefires and peace negotiations between the government and the Taliban, even though the attack was claimed by IS.

The Ghazni attack, one of the Taliban's most devastating in years, has clouded hopes for peace talks that had been prompted by an unprecedented ceasefire during the Eid celebration in June and a meeting last month between Taliban officials and a senior USA diplomat.

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Amaq said the attacker was wearing a suicide vest.

"The five-day war has come to an end but the complex process of rebuilding the city and protecting it from fresh attacks begins now", said a senior official in Ghani's office in Kabul.

A suicide bomber struck a private education center in a Shiite neighborhood of Kabul on Wednesday where high school graduates were preparing for university entrance exams, killing 48 young men and women and leaving behind a scene of devastation and tragedy.

Their funerals were due to take place on Thursday.

Afghan Defence Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami said earlier this week that the Ghazni attack had been carried out by Taliban with the support of external elements, including Pakistanis.

Worldwide aid organizations said medical supplies, food and water would be provided to thousands of residents and that ambulances were transporting the wounded to hospitals.

While the country is battered by insurgent attacks, the two main groups, the Taliban and IS, are deadly opposed to each other and have waged bitter battles in different parts of the country.

The blast was the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians, soldiers and policemen over recent days. In 2017, more than 10,000 civilian were killed or injured.

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