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PublishDate: Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:12

IS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Kabul Procession Bombing

AVA- In the September 9 attack, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself, killing seven people and injuring 25 others, all civilians, officials said.
Kabul police spokesman Hashmat Stanekzai told that the blast occurred during a procession honoring former mujahedin commander Ahmad Shah Masud.
AFP reported that among the dead was the driver of a car taking part in the commemorations.
Hours earlier, Afghan security forces shot and killed a man they said was planning to blow himself up near supporters of Masud, who led resistance to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s and to Taliban rule from 1996-2001.
Masud, an ethnic Tajik, was assassinated ahead of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Before the September 9 blast rocked Kabul, gunfire could be heard across the city as demonstrators fired automatic weapons to commemorate the 17th anniversary of Masud's death.
Health Ministry spokesman Waheed Majroh said at least 13 people were wounded by falling bullets and taken to hospital.
Police arrested 110 people carrying weapons and firing aimlessly, and seized 20 cars, the Interior Ministry said.
The September 9 blast came four days after a twin bomb attack at a Kabul wrestling club killed more than 20 people.
Sunni-majority IS claimed responsibility for those bombings, which occurred in a predominately Shi’ite neighborhood.
Elsewhere in Afghanistan, officials said more than 20 members of the Afghan security forces were reported killed on September 9.

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