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Anger, mourning in Afghanistan after Kabul suicide attack

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 01:14

Afghans begin mass funerals after twin bombs blasts kill at least 80 people and wound more than 230 others, mostly Shi'ites from the Hazara minority who are increasingly angry with the government and their political leaders. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Afghans are starting the difficult task of holding mass funerals for victims of Kabul's suicide attack. The twin bomb blasts killed at least 80 and wounded more than 230 others, mostly from the Hazara minority. Sunni Islamic State claimed responsibility, saying it was targeting Shi'ite populations. The attack happened during a protest by the Hazara over a disputed multimillion dollar power line that had become a touchstone for a wider sense of injustice. It was also one of the worst bombings since the Taliban fell in 2001, triggering anger at the government and Hazara leaders. (SOUNDBITE) (Dari) RELATIVE OF KABUL ATTACK VICTIM, JAWAD REZAYEE, SAYING: "Yesterday's incident was a tragic incident against the movement of justice. This is the first attack against a justice movement." Despite decades of war, bloody sectarian rivalry between Sunnis and Shi'ites -- typical in Iraq -- has been rare in Afghanistan. This latest attack prompted the top U.N. official here to call it a "war crime" -- and it drew shock and condemnation from across the world.

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Anger, mourning in Afghanistan after Kabul suicide attack

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 01:14