ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed at least 26 people on the road to a Shiite shrine in Kabul on Wednesday according to a monitoring group.
ISIL made the announcement in an online statement, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist websites. ISIL said the attack targeted “a gathering of Shiites celebrating Nowruz.”
The Public Health Ministry said another 52 people were wounded in the attack, which was carried out by a bomber on foot.
“The attacker detonated his vest in a crowd of people. They were mostly people celebrating Nowruz,” said Nasrat Rahimi, the deputy spokesman for Afghanistan’s interior ministry.
Nowruz, also known as Persian new year, is a national holiday that marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Afghanistan’s minority Shiites typically celebrate by visiting shrines.
Source: The National