December 2017 Kabul suicide bombing

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December 2017 Kabul suicide bombing
Part of War in Afghanistan
LocationTebyan Cultural Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan
Date28 December 2017
TargetShia Muslims
Attack type
Suicide bombing
WeaponsBomb
Deaths50
Injured80
PerpetratorsIslamic State of Iraq and the Levant
MotiveSunni fundamentalism
Anti-Shi'ism

The December 2017 Kabul suicide bombing occurred on 28 December 2017, when militants attacked a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul, Afghanistan.[1][2] The attack killed 50 people and injured over 80.[3]

The major explosion of the attack occurred in the Tebyan Cultural centre (also spelled "Tabayan Cultural Centre" and "Tabian Cultural Centre"), a Shia cultural organisation, located in the Shia-dominated Dashte Barchi area of Kabul.[4][5] The cultural centre also housed the Afghan Voice Agency, with victims including journalists and university students. The bombing occurred during a discussion held to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.[4][6] The interior ministry of Afghanistan stated that two other explosions occurred soon afterwards, but did not cause any fatalities.[4] Among those killed were two children. Most of those injured were suffering from burns.[5] Photographs taken by eyewitnesses showed significant damage to the targeted building.[5]

The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement released by the Amaq News Agency, operated by ISIL. The attack is among a series that has targeted Afghanistan's Shia minority, who are seen as heretics by the Islamic State.[1][4][5] According to the United Nations, 12 attacks have targeted Shiites in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2016, in which more than 700 people have been killed.[5] The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack soon after it occurred. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani described the incident as an "unpardonable" crime against humanity".[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Islamic State claims Kabul suicide bomb attack: online statement". Reuters. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Kabul blast at Afghan Voice, Tebyan centre kills dozens". Al Jazeera. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Kabul bombing: Death toll rises to 50". Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul". BBC. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Islamic State-claimed suicide attack kills 41 in Kabul". The Hindu. Reuters. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  6. ^ Najafizada, Eltaf (28 December 2017). "ISIS Claims Multiple Suicide Attacks on Kabul That Killed 41". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 29 December 2017.



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