April 1, 2023

Armed group says assault in Mazar-i-Sharif was carried out with a parcel bomb.

The ISIL (ISIS) armed group has claimed accountability for a bomb assault that killed a safety guard and wounded a gaggle of journalists and youngsters within the northern Afghan metropolis of Mazar-i-Sharif this week.

The blast focusing on media employees was attributable to a “parcel bomb that IS fighters managed to position and detonate”, the group stated in an announcement by way of its Amaq Information Company on Sunday.

“The blast focused a rally held inside a Shiite [Shia] heart to reward a number of journalists working in businesses concerned within the battle and instigation in opposition to IS,” the assertion stated.

A safety guard was killed, whereas 5 journalists and three kids had been injured within the bomb assault, police stated.

Saturday’s assault in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, got here two days later a suicide bomber killed the Taliban governor of the identical province in an assault additionally claimed by ISIL.

The killing of Governor Mohammad Dawood Muzammil, identified for combating ISIL, marked one of many highest-level assaults for the reason that Taliban took over the nation in 2021.

Violence throughout Afghanistan has dropped dramatically for the reason that Taliban seized management, however the safety scenario has once more deteriorated with ISIL claiming a number of lethal assaults.

ISIL assaults in Afghanistan have usually focused the minority Shia and Sufi communities, in addition to foreigners and overseas pursuits.

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