Kabul Sakhi Shrine: 'Dozens Dead' In New Year Attack
22 March, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
The Afghan Interior Ministry said at least 26 people had been killed and 18 injured in the attack.
He said the attacker was on foot.
Nawruz is extensively celebrated in Afghanistan by Shiite people by typically visiting the shrines.
According to initial media reports, the suspected suicide bomb attack took place near the Sakhi shrine in Kabul where several hundred followers had gathered to celebrate the start of Nowruz. Earlier reports said the bomb was planted in a vehicle, but the city police later confirmed it was a suicide bomber.
Afghanistan's Shiite population has repeatedly been targeted by IS affiliates, who view the minority group as apostates of Islam.
They said the toll could rise and mostly civilians were among the victims.
Mr. Daud said the attacker managed to slip past police checkpoints set up along the road.
Amid the deteriorating security situation, General John W Nicholson Jr of the US Army said in December that his country would deploy more troops in an advisory role to Afghan forces in 2018, on top of the 14,000 American soldiers already stationed in the country.
During midday, a suicide bomber struck on the road and blew himself near a Shiite shrine in Kabul, on March 20.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attack - the fifth suicidebombing in the Afghan capital in recent weeks - but the Taliban denied involvement on Twitter.
"I continue to hope that every citizen of Afghanistan soon will be able to live in peace, without fear of indiscriminate attacks by terrorists who have no respect for human life", he said in a statement. The Taliban has also been resurgent since the withdrawal of US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops at the end of 2014, having taken back territory in Afghanistan and devastated the country's beleaguered security forces.
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