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ISIS claims responsibility for deadly Kabul bomb attack that killed 20

A U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk helicopter crewed by 1st Lt. Chuck Nadd, Chief Warrant Officer 4 Darren Dreher, Staff Sgt. Bruce Kleckner, and Sgt. Jay Herring, all members of Task Force Phoenix, flies a personnel movement mission over Kabul, Afghanistan, Sept. 4, 2013. (Capt. Peter Smedberg/U.S. Army)
September 06, 2018

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

The Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for a twin bomb attack in Kabul on September 5 that killed more than 20 people.

IS made the claim on September 6 through their Amaq news agency, saying the bombers had targeted “a gathering of apostates” in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of the Afghan capital.

The same day, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) issued a statement condemning the attack as “a cynical act of terror targeting ordinary citizens of Kabul, along with first responders and journalists.”

More than 70 ohers were injured in the bombings, which targeted a wrestling club in the mostly Shi’ite area.

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the club, while about 40 minutes later a car bomb went off nearby, targeting rescue workers and journalists.

Since January, there have been at least 17 attacks in Kabul that have killed at least 430 people.