At Least 80 Killed After Suicide Bombing Attack In Kabul Claimed By ISIS

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At least 80 people were killed and 231 injured when a huge blast rocked a mass demonstration by members of the mainly Shia Hazara minority in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Saturday. The attack was claimed by terrorist group Islamic State: "Two fighters from Islamic State detonated explosive belts at a gathering of Shi'ites in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan," said a brief statement on the group's Amaq news agency.

A freelance journalist working for BBC Afghan said blood and body parts were everywhere, with debris strewn around.


It was the deadliest bombing in Kabul since April, when more than 60 people were killed in an attack on offices used by the security services. That was considered the worst single incident of its kind in Kabul since 2011. The government had received intelligence that an attack could take place, and had warned the march organizers, a spokesman for Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told The AP.

Graphic television footage from the site of the attack showed many dead bodies lying on the bloodied road, close to where thousands of Hazara had been demonstrating over the route of a planned multimillion dollar power line. The protesters, mostly ethnic minority Hazaras, were marching to demand that their impoverished home province be included in a major new electricity line, according to The Associated Press. The attack succeeded despite tight security which saw much of the city
center sealed off with stacks of shipping containers and other obstacles
and helicopters patrolling overhead.

If the attack is confirmed as the work of Islamic State, it would represent a major escalation for a group which has hitherto been largely confined to the eastern province of Nangarhar.

It would represent ISIS' first attack in the capital Kabul and would be the deadliest attack in Afghanistan yet.

The attack targeted the Hazara minority who have often complained of discrimination. The Persian-speaking Hazara, estimated to make up about 9 percent of the population, are Afghanistan's third-largest minority but they have long suffered discrimination and thousands were killed under Taliban rule. The Taliban, a fierce enemy of Islamic State, had issued a statement denying any involvement. "We would never take part in any incident that divides the Afghan people," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

Officials have confirmed to TOLOnews that at least three suicide bombers were present at the rally. The first detonated an explosives vest, the second was killed by police, while the third had a defective explosives vest. The fate of the third attacker is unknown.

According to Reuters, Saturday's demonstrators had been demanding the 500 kV transmission line from Turkmenistan to Kabul be rerouted through two provinces with large Hazara populations, an option the government says would cost millions and delay the badly needed project by years. But the resentment felt by many Hazaras runs deeper than simple questions of energy supply.


In November, thousands of Hazara marched through Kabul to protest at government inaction after seven members of their community were beheaded by Islamist militants and several protestors briefly tried to force their way into the presidential palace.

The protests by a group whose leaders include members of the national unity government have put pressure on President Ashraf Ghani, who has faced growing opposition from both inside and outside the government. They have also risked exacerbating ethnic tensions with other groups and provinces the government says would have to wait up to three years for power if the route were changed.

The transmission line, intended to provide secure electricity to 10 provinces is part of the so-called TUTAP project backed by the Asia Development Bank, linking energy-rich states of Central Asia with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Hazaras say they want the line to come through Bamyan and Wardak provinces, west of Kabul, where many Hazaras live, to ensure their power supply. The government says the project already guarantees ample power to the two provinces and denies it disadvantages Hazara people.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said he was "deeply saddened", adding: "Peaceful protest is the right of every citizen, but opportunist terrorists infiltrated the crowds and carried out the attack, killing and injuring a number of citizens including some security forces."

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Savyindallas's picture

The Ahgans need to invite the Russians back to restore order and defeat Isis. Putin will take care of Isis. All he has to do is cut off CIA/Mossad arms supplies to Isis/Al Quada, broker a power sharing deal between the Taliban and the government, and then cut off and control the CIA controlled opium trade. That will also save millions of American/Western lives-all of those addicted to heroin from the CIA Bankster opium trade. 

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Red_Wolf (not verified) Savyindallas Jul 23, 2016 9:52 AM

My last pay check was 9500 bucks working 12 hours a week online. My sisters friend has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can't believe how easy it was once I tried it out. This is what I do...

Stu Elsample's picture

...your sister can average $15 a night if she works for me

CheapBastard's picture

But Soweto just yelled at Trump for his comments about world violince and chaos. Soweto claims everything be "awesome."


Is he lying or stupid?

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LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) sun tzu Jul 23, 2016 10:39 AM

Thank you Dear Leader Obama and Hillary(!) for making the world such a safe place.  You've even been able to set the U.S. on fire.  Saul Alinskly would be proud.

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Chris Dakota (not verified) N3M3S1S Jul 23, 2016 11:55 AM

20 Car Pile Up On Freeway

claimed by ISIS

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

Islamic riddle:

80 Muslims dead, murdered by a Muslim. Who gets the 72 virgins?

Answer: No one. Allah was just Mohammad suffering from voices inside his head, (Schizophrenia).

That said, I see this as a win/win for the world. It's shorter by 80 Muslims.

Allahu Akbar, baby.

Here2Go's picture

Please dear Lord... They didn't burn up any opium did they?... That would be too much to bear!

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Yes.  And he's just plain Evil.

The perfect Manchurian Candidate for Banskters and Globalist Oligarchs, who want a new era of Feudalism.

VAD's picture

well fuck, i'm gonna click it....

bamawatson's picture

that will make your computer repair guy happy

jus_lite_reading's picture

ANOTHER bullshit article on ZH today! Where the fuck is the coverage about the wikileaks #DNCleak?!?!?!

Seriously? WTF?


This leak is perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of the USA. I shit you not!

thatthingcanfly's picture

I'm sure the "truthers" will arrive any moment to inform us this they already know this was a "false flag psy-op" and that Mossad was there, dancing on rooftops, while Cheney shut down the Afghani Air Force just before the attack.

bamawatson's picture

good to hear big dick is still hard at work

Bay of Pigs's picture

And the Hasbara troll arrives to muddy the waters.

bamawatson's picture

he was busy preparing his comments for today

fleur de lis's picture

For Putin to be successful he would need the cooperation of most Afghans.

They in turn would have to get used to taking orders from Infidels.

Then they would have to adjust themselves socio-culturally and understand how violence is destroying them from the family level outwards.

It is too much to ask.

The Afghans will have to evolve at their own pace which will be slow and painful.

It will be resisted by a sizable chunk of the population who use power and violence as a means of control.

They have to recognise and oust the Western .gov pawns, and seek to rule themselves.

This will be difficult if not impossible, because the .gov pawns are there to cooperate with Western degenerates.

They have to do something about the opium poppies that are destroying any chance of normal farming practices.

These same poppies keep a criminal class in power and attract criminal visitors from abroad.

Also protected by Western degenerates who care nothing about Afghan lives nor Western ones.

It's difficult to hope for them getting better anytime soon.

Afghans are in a very bad bind.



VAD's picture

"The Afghans will have to evolve at their own pace which will be slow and painful."


They've had centuries to evolve.  They still choose live in caves and kill each other.

fleur de lis's picture

If they choose to live that way then no amount of persuasion nor force will change them.

They have to want change for themselves.

The idea of mass rallies that include women is a massive change in itself but it is still dangerous.

The best thing for them would be to return to Iran as a province and get rid of the accursed poppies but that won't happen.

The are too proud to even form an alliance with Iran, and the Western degenerates have a massive interest in the poppies.

And they have no shortage of sellouts to keep it that way.

Some still live in caves and kill each other.

Let them.

Evolution will take care of that.

But many others want to attend schools and advance themselves.

They will have to lead the way but it will be hard and thankless.

Let us remember that many of them kill each other with weapon donations thanks to our misused tax money.

There is no way that so many psychopaths could remain in power without the support of Western psychopaths.




38BWD22's picture



Very thoughtful set of comments, fleur de lis , + 1

FireBrander's picture

IQ = Shoe Size if you attend "large gatherings" anywhere in the ME.


Another "61 people were killed and 207 injured" in the war over, over...wait, what is it we're fighting about again?


Sunni vs. Shia Islam

"A schism emerged after the death of the Prophet Muhammad in 632, and disputes arose over who should shepherd the new and rapidly growing faith.

Some believed that a new leader should be chosen by consensus; others thought that only the prophet’s descendants should become caliph. The title passed to a trusted aide, Abu Bakr, though some thought it should have gone to Ali, the prophet’s cousin and son-in-law. Ali eventually did become caliph after Abu Bakr’s two successors were assassinated."


So, let's see, "God" gives you the "truth" in Islam...fails to provide in the manual, the Quran, who should run the show once the "Prophet" (Gods rep on Earth) you spend the next 1400 years killing each other over it..."God", please...update the manuals! 

38BWD22's picture



Very true.  + 1

"Our version of Islam is the right one, you others die."

(not to mention non-Muslims...)


The Hazara (the main victims in this bombing) have been persecuted for ages there in Afghanistan.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Even that GALACTIC SKY CAPTAIN quickly realized what others have before him:

That humans are still to primitive (primate-brain dominated), to bother with anything other than a basic DIY moral code.  After that, they'll either figure things out, or they won't.  

The Universe and its advanced civilizations don't play 'Nanny-state' games.  

Time to warp-drive to a million other solar systems.  'Time is Di-lithium Crystals', as they say at the Academy.

FireBrander's picture

Order and Peace will come to the ME when they give up on Islam...1400 years and counting of butchering each other over it...don't hold your breath....

Calmyourself's picture

So other than confirming Islamist's hate each other as much or more than Infidels, who cares.  The key is to keep them confined there not here..  This is not hard, anyone not deliberately antithetical to western values and culture knows you don't let a rabid dog into a nursery school of hot house flowers which adequately describes Europeans and unfortunately many Americans.

Badsamm's picture

On the bright side, at least we didn't actually bomb them by mistake again

MFL8240's picture

NWO strikes again.  

Stu Elsample's picture

Obama's and Hillary's pals...and they're heading this way



stack that ammo deep

numapepi's picture

"The fate of the third attacker is unknown."


Yea... he is being dismembered alive in the basement of some non descript building.

Which is worse - bankers or terrorists's picture

Yes, by the CIA post-interrogation, after providing all useful information. 

CheapBastard's picture

Come on!


It's just another "lone wolf" ... "had no connections to no one"... "deranged yute" ... "misguided" ... "isolated event" ... "it's contained" ....


gafaw ... gafaw ... gafaw ... Moar Gruberized headlines for Americans.

Berspankme's picture

recently treated for depression

alpha-protagonist's picture

"Afghani authorities are still trying to figure out how the perpetrator obtained a bomb in a country that has extremely stringent laws regarding bomb acquisition."

FireBrander's picture

"Motive for the attack is still unknown; most likely an isolated, "loan wolves" incident. Despite ISIS claiming credit, we see no evidence of their involvment and absolutely no evidence this has anything to do with Islam".

Omega_Man's picture

why are they wasting time in kabul? no one cares what happens there... better off to do it in the west... 

ACES FULL's picture

Think I would stay away from large gatherings in that part of the world.

38BWD22's picture



It's getting to the point where I would stay away from large gatherings in Europe.

VAD's picture

It's not that bad.



michigan independant's picture

DHS did annouce Clinton  will deposit over a million in the United States in the first few years when in office.

38BWD22's picture



Wow, what a story.  It's nice to see Italy breaking up such a horrible crime ring.

Berspankme's picture

And Cankles thinks Trump is dangerous

Tinky's picture

Seems as if it's about time to create a 24hr "Mass Murder" cable channel. 

Parental discretion advised? Nah, probably not. No tits being shown.