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Afghan IS Group Claims Kabul Attacks   06/13 09:30


   KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Islamic State group has claimed 
responsibility for bombing two minivans in a mostly Shiite neighborhood in the 
Afghan capital that killed seven people. Among the dead were two employees of 
Afghanistan's state-run film company, a colleague said Sunday.

   In a statement issued late Saturday, Afghanistan's IS affiliate said its 
operatives blew up two minivans carrying "disbeliever Shiites" using sticky 
bombs. Sticky bombs slapped onto cars trapped in Kabul's chaotic traffic are 
the newest weapons terrorizing Afghans in the increasingly lawless nation.

   Film director Sahra Karimi in a tweet Sunday said Fatima Mohammadi and 
Tayiba Musavi, who worked for the Afghan Film Organization, were among the six 
killed in the first attack. Their families identified their burned bodies in 
the forensic hospital of Kabul, she said.

   Karimi said Mohammadi and Musavi were animators working on an animated film 
for children and they were returning home when they were attacked.

   The Saturday attacks targeted minivans on the same road about 2 kilometers 
(1.25 miles) apart in a neighborhood in western Kabul. The second bombing took 
place in front of Muhammad Ali Jinnah hospital, where a majority of COVID-19 
patients are admitted, killing one and wounding four.

   In some west Kabul neighborhoods populated mostly by members of the minority 
Hazara ethnic group, just going out for errands can be dangerous. The Islamic 
State group has carried out similar bombings in the area, including four 
attacks on four minivans earlier this month that killed at least 18 people.

   Hazaras are mostly Shiite Muslims. Shiites are a minority in mostly Sunni 
Afghanistan and the IS affiliate has declared war against them.

   An attack on a Kabul school on May 8 killed nearly 100 people, all of them 
members of the Hazara ethnic minority and most of them young girls just leaving 

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