Islamic State Group Claims Killing of Afghan Journalist: Report | world news

AFP | , Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Islamic State group on Sunday claimed responsibility for the bomb attack against a minibus in Kabul, the Afghan capital, which killed a journalist and injured four others.

The attack happened on Saturday in the Dasht-e-Barchi suburb of Kabul, an area dominated by members of the predominantly Shiite Hazara community, which has been a target of violence from IS for years.

Islamic State-Khorasan, the local branch of the jihadist group, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement on its Telegram channels.

Hamid Seighani, a well-known Afghan journalist who worked for Ariana News television, died in the blast.

ISIS boasted of killing and wounding “20 Shia apostates”, including a journalist, claiming to have planted bombs on buses.

Since the Taliban returned to power on August 15, dozens of bombs have been thrown in the eastern province of Nangarhar – a hotbed of IS activity – but Kabul has largely escaped the violence.

However, on November 2, IS fighters attacked the city’s national military hospital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 50 others.

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