A suicide attack on Monday, November 21st 2016, in Kabul, Afghanistan, targeted a crowded Shia mosque, killing over 30 people. More than 80 were also injured in the bombing.
It was reported that the mosque was full of religious worshippers who had gathered to mark the Shia ceremony of Arbaeen.
It is reported that many children were likely hurt in the suicide bombing.
ISIS claimed the attack in a statement from their Amaq news agency.
At least two suicide bombings have already been carried out by ISIS in Afghanistan in 2016 alone.
This includes the devastating attack in July 2016, where ISIS claimed a suicide attack on a peace demonstration, where the protestors were predominantly Shia. At least 80 people were killed and over 230 injured. Attacks by the mostly Sunni terrorist groups on Shia Muslims are common as they consider Shia Muslims apostates.
AOAV’s Explosive Violence Monitor 2015 found that 70% (1,906) of deaths and injuries from explosive violence in Afghanistan last year were caused by IEDs.
Of the IED attacks recorded in Afghanistan in 2015 41% were suicide attacks. However, these suicide attacks accounted for 64% of the deaths and injuries from all IED attacks in the country. Our wider overview of explosive violence attacks in Afghanistan can be read here.
Reports by AOAV show the increasing use and harm of suicide bombings around the world. It is a growing reality that highlights the need for urgent preventative measures that all States should establish – such as stockpile controls – to limit groups’ ability to produce these and other IEDs.
AOAV calls for states and international organisations to work collaboratively to generate greater awareness of the number of civilians killed and injured each year by IEDs, and encourage a greater stigma from political, religious and social leaders on the use of IEDs. AOAV strongly condemns the use of violence against civilians and calls upon all groups to reject the deliberate targeting of civilians. States must urgently address the threat of suicide bombings and other forms of IED attacks.
If you found this article interesting, you may wish to read AOAV’s report ‘Material Harm‘ on IED preursors.
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