Afghanistan: Dozens killed in ISIL attack near Kabul University

Afghanistan: Dozens killed in ISIL attack near Kabul University

Kerry Wise
March 22, 2018

Militant group Islamic State, which had claimed several previous attacks on Shi'ite targets, claimed responsibility, its Amaq news agency said.

An injured young man is moved by stretcher at a hospital after a suicide attack near Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

"People were heading home joyously after the end of the ceremony when the suicide bomber detonated his explosives among them", said Kabul police chief Daud Amin.

The bomber was less than 200 metres from Karte Sakhi shrine where many Afghans gather every year to mark Nawrooz, which is the traditional Persian new year holiday. At least 14 people were killed in October 2016 as Shia Muslims prepared for a religious day of mourning during the festival of Ashura.

He said there is a shrine in the area popular among Afghans celebrating the Persian New Year.

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The Afghan capital was rocked by another deadly bombing Wednesday, as a suicide bomber murdered dozens and injured many more.

The Afghan Ministry of Interior (MoI) had earlier confirmed that a suicide bomber detonated his explosives close to the Ali Abad Hospital and Kabul University in PD3.

President Ashraf Ghani, whose government has been repeatedly lambasted for its inability to protect its citizens, condemned the attack in a statement as a "crime against humanity".

Despite the attack and loss of lives, people including women and children later came out on the streets, many wearing colorful clothes, and continued to celebrate the holiday.

U.S. and Afghan officials say this is in response to air strikes and other security operations which have pushed the militants back in some areas.