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Kabul: At least 61 dead 207 people were also wounded in ISIS claimed blast at protest march

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The blast took place during a protest march staged by the Hazara community over plans for a controversial new power line to be built through their home province.

At least 61 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in an explosion targetting a large demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan – a blast that has been claimed by Isis.

Thousands of members of the Afghan Hazara minority group had been marching through the city during the planned protest over plans for a controversial new power line.

Local news sources have reported that a suicide bomber was behind the blast – with a statement on the Isis-linked Aamaq news agency claiming that two attackers detonated esplosive vest. However, officials are yet to confirm the cause.

Dr Waheed Majroeh, the head of international relations for the Ministry of Public Health, said at least 61 people were dead, while 207 people were also wounded

At least 61 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in an explosion targetting a large demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan – a blast that has been claimed by Isis.

Thousands of members of the Afghan Hazara minority group had been marching through the city during the planned protest over plans for a controversial new power line.

Local news sources have reported that a suicide bomber was behind the blast – with a statement on the Isis-linked Aamaq news agency claiming that two attackers detonated esplosive vest. However, officials are yet to confirm the cause.

Dr Waheed Majroeh, the head of international relations for the Ministry of Public Health, said at least 61 people were dead, while 207 people were also wounded

At least 61 people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in an explosion targetting a large demonstration in Kabul, Afghanistan – a blast that has been claimed by Isis.

Thousands of members of the Afghan Hazara minority group had been marching through the city during the planned protest over plans for a controversial new power line.

Local news sources have reported that a suicide bomber was behind the blast – with a statement on the Isis-linked Aamaq news agency claiming that two attackers detonated esplosive vest. However, officials are yet to confirm the cause.

Dr Waheed Majroeh, the head of international relations for the Ministry of Public Health, said at least 61 people were dead, while 207 people were also wounded

Who are the Hazaras?

  • Of Mongolian and Central Asian descent
  • Mainly practise Shia Islam, in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Thought to be the third largest ethnic group in Afghanistan
  • Estimates suggest they make up 15-20% of Afghanistan’s population, which is thought to be about 30 million
  • At least 600,000 Hazaras live in Pakistan, most of them in Quetta
  • Legend has it they are descendants of Genghis Khan and his soldiers, who invaded Afghanistan in the 13th Century

War of the militants

The Taliban and Islamic State have been locked in frequent battles in Afghanistan since January 2015.

The Taliban’s dominance in a region home to numerous local and foreign militant groups is facing a serious challenge from IS, which has been gaining some support.

There has also been evidence that IS is trying to recruit Taliban fighters, with several Taliban commanders declaring allegiance to IS.

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