Afghanistan: eight dead in an attack in Kabul claimed by Islamic State group

A bomb was placed in a cart, in a very busy shopping street in a Shiite district of Kabul. Eighteen people have also been injured.

Le Monde with AFP

Eight people were killed, and eighteen others were injured on Friday, August 5, in a bomb attack in a Shiite district of Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, according to an assessment communicated by Afghan police .

The attack was claimed at the start of the evening in a press release by the Islamic State jihadist group (IS), which has already hit the Afghan Shiite community several times. The bomb had been placed “in a armchair filled with vegetables”, in a highly frequented shopping street west of Kabul, said Kabul police spokesperson Khalid Zadran.

The attack occurred while the Shiites must commemorate the Achoura on Monday, a large religious holiday in which the faithful gather in mosques and participate in processions.

The authors Always sought after

“The security teams are trying to find the authors” of the attack, added Khalid Zadran, adding that some injured people are “in critical condition”. “” The Islamic emirate of Afghanistan “firmly condemns this cowardly act and which is the work of those who are enemies of Islam and the country,” the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet .

The Shiite community, which is mainly Hazara and represents between 10 and 20 % of 40 million Afghans, is long-standing in this country with a Sunni majority.

The number of attacks has decreased in Afghanistan since the Taliban resumed power almost a year ago, but a series of bombing deadly attacks, in which dozens of people have found the Death, hit the country at the end of April, during the Holy month of Ramadan, and at the end of May.

Most have been claimed by IS, which mainly targets Shiite Afghan religious minorities, Soufie and Sikhe and which considers the Shiite minority as heretical. The Taliban assure having defeated IS in the country, but analysts believe that the extremist group is still the main security challenge for the new Afghan power.

/Media reports.