December 2017 Kabul suicide bombing
Part of War in Afghanistan
LocationTebyan Cultural Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan
Date28 December 2017
TargetShia Muslims
Attack type
Suicide bombing
WeaponsBomb
Deaths50
Injured80
PerpetratorsIslamic State – Khorasan Province
MotiveSunni fundamentalism
Anti-Shi'ism

The December 2017 Kabul suicide bombing occurred on 28 December 2017, when militants attacked a Shiite cultural centre in Kabul, Afghanistan.[1][2] The attack killed 50 people and injured over 80.[3]

The major explosion of the attack occurred in the Tebyan Cultural centre (also spelled "Tabayan Cultural Centre" and "Tabian Cultural Centre"), a Shia cultural organisation, located in the Shia-dominated Dashte Barchi area of Kabul.[4][5] The cultural centre also housed the Afghan Voice Agency, with victims including journalists and university students. The bombing occurred during a discussion held to mark the 38th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.[4][6] The interior ministry of Afghanistan stated that two other explosions occurred soon afterwards, but did not cause any fatalities.[4] Among those killed were two children. Most of those injured were suffering from burns.[5] Photographs taken by eyewitnesses showed significant damage to the targeted building.[5]

The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for the attack in an online statement released by the Amaq News Agency, operated by ISIL. The attack is among a series that has targeted Afghanistan's Shia minority, who are seen as heretics by the Islamic State.[1][4][5] According to the United Nations, 12 attacks have targeted Shiites in Afghanistan since the beginning of 2016, in which more than 700 people have been killed.[5] The Taliban denied responsibility for the attack soon after it occurred. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani described the incident as an "unpardonable" crime against humanity".[4][5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Islamic State claims Kabul suicide bomb attack: online statement". Reuters. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Kabul blast at Afghan Voice, Tebyan centre kills dozens". Al Jazeera. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Kabul bombing: Death toll rises to 50". Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Afghanistan suicide bomb attack: Dozens killed in Kabul". BBC. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Islamic State-claimed suicide attack kills 41 in Kabul". The Hindu. Reuters. 29 December 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  6. ^ Najafizada, Eltaf (28 December 2017). "ISIS Claims Multiple Suicide Attacks on Kabul That Killed 41". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 29 December 2017.