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Attack on Kabul: 25 dead, including Taliban commander Hamdullah Mukhlis

Highlights:

  • Islamic State against the Taliban in Afghanistan
  • Islamic State takes responsibility for suicide bombing
  • ‘Here and there’ for ordinary citizens

Kabul: The Afghan capital Kabul was hit by another suicide bomb on Tuesday. The terrorist group Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban commander Maulvi Hamdullah Mukhlis was killed in a suicide attack near a military hospital. At least 25 people were killed and more than 50 injured in the explosion and shooting in a military hospital on Tuesday.

Hamdullah Mukhlis, an ally of the Taliban, was the head of the Kabul military corps. Hamdullah Mukhlis was one of the Taliban commanders who stormed the presidential palace in August after then President Ashraf Ghani fled.

Since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, Taliban leaders have been targeted by Islamic State militants. A suicide bomber blew himself up near the gate of the Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan military hospital on Tuesday. Some armed men then stormed the hospital grounds and opened fire at random.

Meanwhile, the Taliban were planning a similar terrorist attack on the 15th district hospital in Kabul. However, the Taliban foiled the conspiracy of the Islamic State militants. Four attackers were killed in the clashes. “The attack was intended to target innocent civilians, doctors and patients, but was carried out by the vigilante groups of the Islamic emirate,” the Taliban said in a statement. Two explosions and gunfire could also be heard in the 10th district of Kabul.

After the Taliban overthrew the Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan, the picture now emerges that the Islamic State is fighting the Taliban. For many of the country’s reformist citizens, this is a “here and there” situation.

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