March 21, 2018 / 9:37 AM / a year ago

Islamic State claims suicide attack on shrine in Afghan capital

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Wednesday in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul targeting a Shi’ite shrine, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said.

“The martyrdom operation carried out with a suicide vest struck a Shi’ite gathering during their Nawruz holiday celebrations in the city of Kabul,” the agency said.

The blast killed at least 26 people and wounded 18, officials said.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Writing by Eric Knecht; Editing by Toby Chopra

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