ISIS claims bombing targeting Shiites in northern Afghanistan

An injured man was treated in a hospital after being bombed in Mazar-i-Sharif in northern Afghanistan on April 28, 2022. (AP photo)

Kabul, Afghanistan-An affiliate of the ISIS terrorist group in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for two bombings in the north targeting the country’s minority Hazara ethnic group on Friday.

At least nine people were killed and 13 were injured in a car bombing at Mazar-i-Sharif on Thursday, according to a local Taliban representative. The Hazara are primarily Shiite Muslims and ISIS considers them heretics. Two Shiites were killed or injured in two attacks, according to an ISIS statement.

Afghan minority Shiite Muslims were targeted by a series of bombings last week. ISIS in Kolasan, or an ISIS affiliate known as ISIS-K, has attacked mosques, public buses, and schools.

The worst bombing like this also happened last week in Mazar-i-Sharif. A powerful bomb killed 33 worshipers who knelt in prayer and students of an adjacent religious school.

The deadly ISIS-K has proven to be one of the biggest challenges of the Taliban terrorist group. Despite the Taliban’s assault on the ISIS-K base in eastern Afghanistan, the attack continues at a steady pace.