Sunday, 24 July 2016

Afghanistan marks national day of mourning

Afghanistan marks national day of mourning -
Authorities say another 231 people were wounded, some seriously, in the attack Saturday afternoon on a march by members of the ethnic Hazara community, who are predominantly Shiite Muslim. Most Afghans are Sunni, and the IS group regards Shiites as apostates.
The IS group has had a presence in Afghanistan for the past year, mainly in the eastern province of Nangarhar along the Pakistani border. The Afghan military, backed by U.S. troops, is planning an offensive against IS positions in Nangarhar in coming days. It was the first IS attack on Kabul —and the city’s worst since a vicious Taliban insurgency began 15 years ago —raising concerns about the group’s reach and capability in Afghanistan.

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