ISIL claims suicide bombing that killed 34 and injured dozens at education centre in Kabul

ISIL claims suicide bombing that killed 34 and injured dozens at education centre in Kabul

The radical Islamist group says the attacker used a suicide vest in the strike which targeted a classroom packed with teenagers in a Shiite Muslim district of the city

Afghans carry the body of a man who was killed in a deadly suicide bombing that targeted a training class in a private building in the Shiite neighbourhood of Dasht-i Barcha, in western Kabul, Afghanistan, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. RAHMAT GUL/ASSOCIATED PRESS

KABUL, Afghanistan – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant announced Thursday that one of its militants was behind a suicide bombing that killed and injured scores of students in a Shiite educational center in Kabul.

The radical Islamist group made the claim on its Amaq news agency, saying the attacker used a suicide vest in the strike Wednesday, which targeted a classroom packed with teenagers in a Shiite Muslim district of the Afghan capital.

The Afghan government on Thursday revised the death toll from the attack to 34, down from its initial figure of 48. It said 57 people were wounded in the bombing, part of spate of attacks against a branch of Islam that ISIL considers heretical. Confusion about the death toll arose Wednesday as Kabul hospitals and government officials struggled to cope with the carnage.

An Afghan resident weep for his relative following a suicide attack in Kabul on August 15, 2018.AFP/GETTY IMAGES

ISIL claimed that more than 200 people were killed in Wednesday’s attack, which was disavowed by Afghanistan’s main insurgent group, the Taliban.

As family members and relatives were burying the victims in a mass grave on a hill overlooking Kabul, a group of armed men launched an attack on a training facility used by the country’s intelligence agency in a different part of the city.

According to Kabul police, the assailants used a nearby house under construction to stage the attack, which sparked exchanges of gunfire lasting several hours, followed by explosions.

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