ISIS gunmen stormed Mazari’s memorial ceremony in the western part of Kabul city on Friday.
Gunshots disrupted the memorial ceremony of Abdul Ali Mazari, a renowned Hazara leader on Friday morning while Mohammad Karim Khalili was delivering a speech.
Key politicians including Abdullah Abdullah, Haji Mohammad Mohaqeq and Mohammad Karimi Khalili managed to escape the site without harm, however, the incident have left dozens killed or injured.
The Ministry of Interior (MOI) confirmed the death of 32 civilians and said 81 others including 2 journalists have been injured.
Soon after the attack, the Taliban published a statement rejecting their involvement in today’s attack.
“Today’s attack on a gathering in Kabul city has nothing to do with the Taliban”, Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesperson tweeted.
But, later on, the ISIS released a statement claiming the responsibility of the incident.
The Presidential palace condemned the incident on Friday calling it a crime against humanity.
“The Afghan government condemns this attack in the most severe terms,” the president’s spokesman, Seddiq Seddiqi, tweeted.