Terrorist attack on religious scholars in Kabul
November 20, 2018
Kabul- A suicide bomber has attacked a huge gathering of religious clerics today in Kabul that claimed at least 43 people killed and 83 others sustained light and deep injuries, Tolonews reported.
Marking the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday, dozens of religious clerics and common people were gathered at at event organized in a wedding hall in the Capital City, officials said.
However, the Ministry of interior (MoI) said over 50 people were killed and wounded in the attack.
“The blast was reportedly a suicide bombing,” MoI spokesperson Najib Danish said.
Moreover, Public Ministry Spokesperson Waheed Majroh said.
An hour after the explosions ambulances were still heard rushing from the scene of the explosion to hospitals in the city.
The suicide attack on a peaceful religious ceremony that was staged in the honor of the Prophet Muhammad was strongly condemned by the Afghan government and people and Kabul-based international community.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani declared national day of mourning following the deadly attack in capital Kabul earlier this evening that left scores of people dead or wounded.
Calling the attack a move against the Islamic values and humanity, the Presidential Palace in a Twitter message added that the national flag will be flown at half mast across the country and in all diplomatic missions abroad on Wednesday.
President @ashrafghani declared tomorrow, November 21, a national day of mourning following the horrendous attack. The national flag will be flown at half-mast all over Afghanistan and Afghan diplomatic missions abroad.
— ارگ (@ARG_AFG) November 20, 2018
Militant groups have yet to claim responsibility for the terrorist attacks, but a large number of social and political activists, using social media, have slammed the Taliban militant group and alleged of playing double and dirty game with the Afghan people.
“Taliban have no option rather to join peace process,” Sangar Dotani wrote on his Facebook.
Commentators said the attack is either plotted by the Afghan enemies to sabotage the peace talks between the Afghan government, the United States and the Taliban or, Taliban and their hosting country, Pakistan has carried out this heinous acts of terrorism in a bid to assert pressure and gain more share on the table of negotiations.
The government institutions are in need of handling the unpleasant incident in a responsible manner by conducting a comprehensive investigation into the matter, and financial support to the victims and countrywide condemnation rallies could be helpful in isolating the militant groups among the Afghans.
Following the deadly terrorist attack, Afghans want the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad to be tougher on Taliban and Pakistan, serving as a mother of ‘International Terrorism’ to immediately shun violence until the peace process was not ended, as violence and peace talks could be difficult to be managed at a time.