Islamic State group claims Kabul attack on Shiite shrine

An injured man is taken to a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2019. An Afghan official says three explosions have struck near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in western Kabul as people gathered there to mark the holiday of Nowruz, the Persian New Year.(AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
A wounded person in a bomb attack arrives at an emergency ward in Kabul, Afghanistan, Thursday, March 21, 2019. An Afghan official says three explosions have struck near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in western Kabul as people gathered there to mark the holiday of Nowruz, the Persian New Year. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a string of bombings near a Shiite shrine and cemetery in the Afghan capital the day before that killed six people and wounded 20.

The Sunni militant group, which has repeatedly targeted Afghanistan's minority Shiites, said in a statement posted on an IS-affiliated website early on Friday that it was behind the attack.

The bombings in western Kabul came as people were gathering at the cemetery on Thursday to mark Nowruz, the Persian Iranian New Year. The police's initial investigation indicated that three explosive devices had been remotely detonated, setting off the explosions.

The IS statement said the attack's "aim was to spoil the ritual of the polytheists." The Sunni militant group considers Shiites as apostates deserving of death.

People also read these

Afghan IS branch claims deadly attack on Shiites...

Aug 16, 2018

As Kabul Shiites mourn their dead, hold funeral services, IS claims horrific suicide bombing that...

US Defense secretary makes surprise visit to...

Sep 7, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis makes surprise visit to war-weary Afghan capital

Back home, Afghan veterans of Syria war seen as...

Mar 31, 2019

Security officials worry that Iranian-backed Afghan veterans of the war in Syria will one day...

Afghans recruited to fight in Syrian war struggle...

Apr 1, 2019

Poor Afghans recruited by Iran fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the Syrian war; now they...

Animal sacrifices turn Dhaka streets into rivers...

Sep 14, 2016

Large-scale animal sacrifices marking the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha combined with heavy rains...

About Us

Get all the up-to-date breaking news about politics, business, entertainment, sports, lifestyles, weather, traffic, and local news in a seamless digital environment only in Morning Dispatcher.

Subscribe Now!

Quick Links

HomePress