ISIL claims attack targeting journalists in Afghanistan | Taliban News

The armed group said the attack in Mazar-i-Sharif was carried out with a parcel bomb.

The armed group ISIL (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for a bombing that killed a security guard and wounded a group of journalists and children in the northern Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif this week.

The Explosion targeted at media staff was caused by a “parcel bomb that IS fighters had placed and detonated”, the group said in a statement via Amaq News Agency on Sunday.

“The explosion targeted a protest held inside a Shiite [Shia] center to reward a number of journalists working in agencies engaged in fighting and instigating against IS,” the statement said.

Police said a security guard was killed, while five journalists and three children were injured in the bombing.

Saturday’s attack in Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, came two days later a suicide bomber killed the Taliban governor of the same province in an attack also claimed by ISIL.

The murder of Governor Mohammad Dawood Muzammil, who is famous for fighting ISIL, marks one of the highest-profile attacks since the Taliban took over the country in 2021.

Violence across Afghanistan has dropped dramatically since the Taliban took control, but the security situation deteriorated again when ISIL claimed to have carried out a number of deadly attacks.

ISIL attacks in Afghanistan often target Shia and Sufi minorities, as well as foreigners and foreign interests.

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