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Afghanistan: 15 Killed, 20 Others Wounded in Massive Blast in Kabul's Banaee

05 January 2018, 12:22 | Rufus Hill

11 killed, 25 wounded in Kabul suicide attack: Health ministry

Afghanistan: 15 Killed, 20 Others Wounded in Massive Blast in Kabul's Banaee

According to Sayed Abbas Hussaini, a journalist at Afghan Voice, one reporter at the agency was killed in Thursday's attack and two were wounded.

Islamic State, which has claimed a series of attacks in Kabul over the past two years, issued a statement on its Amaq news agency saying it was responsible.

Witnesses told RFE/RL that the blast could be heard throughout the capital. The Emergency Hospital in Kabul said in a tweet that at least 20 wounded were brought to their surgical centre after the explosion.

Tolo News reported that local residents had participated in a street demonstration in the area earlier in the day.

The deadly assault comes a week after more than 40 people were killed and dozens more wounded in a suicide blast claimed by the Islamic State group that targeted Shia in Kabul.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid issued a statement on Twitter denying involvement in the attack, which was also condemned by Afghanistan's global partners including North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the United Nations.

IS claimed responsibility for the December 28 attack, which Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a "crime against humanity" committed by terrorists.

"This gruesome attack underscores the dangers faced by Afghan civilians", rights group Amnesty International said in a statement from its South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik.

USA troops have remained in the country, although at greatly reduced numbers, helping to train and support Afghan forces in their battles against the militant groups.



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