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15 killed after suicide blast hits funeral in Afghanistan

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Smokes rises from a hospital after gunmen attacked in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 12, 2020. Gun
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Smokes rises from a hospital after gunmen attacked in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Might 12, 2020. Gunmen stormed the hospital within the western a part of the Afghan capital on Tuesday, setting off a gun battle with the police, officers mentioned. (AP Picture/Rahmat Gul)

A minimum of 15 folks had been killed and 56 others injured on Tuesday after a suicide blast hit a funeral in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province. Gunmen stormed a maternity hospital within the western a part of Kabul on Tuesday, setting off a firefight with the police, officers mentioned. Afghan forces carried out new child infants and their moms as they evacuated the hospital, and at the least 4 folks had been reported wounded.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber focused a funeral in jap Nangarhar province — a hotbed of the Islamic State group.

Nobody instantly claimed accountability for the Kabul assault however each the Taliban and the IS are energetic within the Afghan capital and its environment, and each incessantly goal the army and safety forces, in addition to civilians. The Taliban later denied they had been concerned.

In Kabul, black smoke rose into the sky over the hospital within the metropolis’s Dashti Barchi, a largely Shiite neighborhood that has been the location of many previous assaults by Islamic State militants. Inside Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian mentioned that over 80 girls and infants had been evacuated by Afghan safety forces because the firefight received underway.

Photographs shared by the ministry present new child infants and their moms being carried out of the hospital. “The forces try to remove the terrorists and convey the state of affairs beneath management,” mentioned Arian. He later added that at the least one of many attackers was shot lifeless.

Wahid Majroh, deputy public well being minister, rushed to the location from the place he mentioned at the least 4 folks had been wounded. It was unclear why the hospital in Dashti Barchi, a 100-bed facility, was focused.

Within the assault within the jap Nangarhar province, Attahullah Khogyani, spokesman for the provincial governor, mentioned the suicide bomber focused a funeral ceremony in Khewa district for a neighborhood pro-government militia commander who had died of a coronary heart assault on Monday night time.

The bomber struck as mourners had gathered, killing at the least 10 and wounding 30, Khogyani mentioned.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid later tweeted that the Taliban weren’t concerned in both the Kabul or the Nangarhar assault.

The IS, in the meantime, claimed it was behind a spate of assaults on Monday in Kabul when 4 bombs, one positioned beneath a rubbish bin and the opposite three by the roadside, went off within the northern a part of the town, wounding 4 civilians, together with a baby.

The Afghan intelligence service mentioned in an announcement later Monday that the company has arrested an IS chief within the area, Zia-ul Haq, also referred to as Shaikh Abu Omer Al-Khorasani.

(With inputs from IANS and AP)

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