ISIS Suicide Bombings at Kabul Demonstration Kill 80, Injure Over 200 in Afghanistan
A suicide bombing in the capital of Afghanistan on Saturday killed 80 people and injured more than 230 others, many of whom were taking part in a political demonstration, authorities said.
The blast occurred in Dehmazamg Square near the Kabul Zoo on the main road to Parliament, Health Ministry spokesperson Ismail Kawosi told NBC News.
Three suicide bombers worked in tandem in the attacks, according to the Ministry of the Interior. While one bomb was detonated, a second bomb exploded prematurely and a third bomber was shot dead by police.
The attackers “entered the protests and carried out explosions that martyred and wounded a number of citizens, including members of security and defense forces,” President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said in a statement.
He also called for a national day of mourning on Sunday and vowed revenge.
The protesters, mostly ethnic minority Hazaras, were marching to demand that their impoverished home province be included in a major new electricity line, according to The Associated Press.
A branch of the terror group ISIS claimed responsibility, according to global security firm and NBC News consultant Flashpoint Intelligence. The claim by ISIS’ Khurasan province has not been verified. The governments of Afghanistan and the United States had not responded to the claim as of early Sunday Kabul time.
The government had received
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