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Islamabad deplores terrorist attack in Afghanistan

06 January 2018

The wounded have been taken to hospitals around the city.

AFP quoted a security source as saying 20 people had been killed in the attack, which occurred about 8:30 p.m. local time.

According to reports, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) loyalists have claimed responsibility behind the attack.

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In a statement Thursday, President Ashraf Ghani called the attack "inhumane" and against the tenets of Islam.

A suicide attacker on foot detonated his explosives, a spokesman for the city's police chief said.

The UN Security Council also condemned "the heinous and cowardly" terrorist attack and underlined the need to bring "perpetrators, organisers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice". No group has yet claimed that attack.

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Earlier, on 31 December, 15 people were killed and more than 10 others wounded in a suspected suicide attack targeting a funeral in eastern Afghanistan.

Despite increased security measures, Kabul has become one of the deadliest places for civilians in war-torn Afghanistan in recent months due to increased Taliban attacks and IS attempts to expand its influence in the country.

USA forces led an invasion to drive Taliban extremists from power after Al-Qaeda militants whose leaders were sheltering in Afghanistan carried out the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

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Islamabad deplores terrorist attack in Afghanistan