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Deadly shrine bombing plot foiled in Kabul city

By Khaama Press - Tue Nov 14 2017, 3:04 pm

The Afghan security forces have foiled a deadly bombing plot to target the worshippers in a shrine in Kabul city, the security officials said late on Monday.

The Criminal Investigation Department officials confirmed that the security forces discovered an improvised explosive device from a shrine in the first police district of the city in Shudai Saleehin.

The officials further added that the militants had placed the explosives and were looking to detonate the bomb with a remote control among the worshippers.

According to the officials, the explosives were discovered during an operation conducted based on a tip-off in Sufi Ashqari shrine.

The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the report so far.

This comes as the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) today released a special report documenting a sharp increase in attacks against places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers, including attacks against Shi’a Muslim places of worship and congregations.

According to the report, since 1 January 2016, UNAMA has recorded 833 civilian casualties (261 killed and 572 injured) in 42 attacks targeting places of worship, religious leaders and worshippers. Civilian casualties from these types of attacks since the beginning of 2016 represent nearly double the cumulative total documented between 2009 and 2015.

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