Published: Sun, March 11, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Blast in Kabul's Shia area kills at least seven; Daesh claims responsibility

Blast in Kabul's Shia area kills at least seven; Daesh claims responsibility

Fazlullah is the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said to be responsible for numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani and US interests including a failed attempt to detonate an explosive device in New York's Times Square in 2010.

In northern Afghanistan, the Taliban attacked an army outpost overnight in an hourslong firefight and ambushed policemen sent to help the troops, killing six soldiers and 10 policemen.

The attack was meant to frighten Afghans, but the perpetrators would not succeed, he said.

Security personnel carry human remains at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul.

Pakistan on Friday strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Mosalla-e-Mazar area of Kabul which resulted in deaths of at least seven persons.

Also, Pakistani Taliban on Friday confirmed the loss of their 21 members in a rare USA drone strike on their alleged training facility in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province near the border with Pakistan's Mohmand Agency.

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Local Hazara leader Mohammad Mohaqiq told the Kabul gathering that the explosion was an attempt to terrorize Afghans.

Friday's attack came less than two weeks after President Ashraf Ghani called on the Taliban to join peace talks to end more than 16 years of the latest phase of Afghan war.

Most Hazaras are Shia Muslims, and Sunni militants consider all Shia heretics and urge followers to kill them.

However, Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majroh disputed the number, saying the suicide bombing claimed 10 lives and wounding 22 others.

She said there is a way to end the conflict with the global support and it is now up to the Taliban leaders to respond to the serious offer of talks from the Afghan President. Another five officers were wounded in the gunbattle, he said.

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