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