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President declares day of mourning after bomb attack

Published:Sunday | July 24, 2016 | 7:00 AM
An injured boy is carried to a hospital after an explosion struck a protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, yesterday.

Kabul (AP):

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has declared today a day of national mourning, after at least 80 people were killed and another 231 wounded in a suicide bomb attack on a peaceful demonstration in the capital, Kabul.

In a live television address yesterday, Ghani says "I promise you I will take revenge against the culprits.

"I have ordered the attorney general to set up a commission to investigate this incident."

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the bombing, which struck a demonstration by Afghanistan's ethnic Hazara community.

If the IS claim is correct, the bombing would mark the first time the group has launched an attack in the Afghan capital.

 

BUILDING A PRESENCE

 

IS has been building a presence along Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan, mostly in Nangarhar province, for the past year.

In the meantime the Ministry of Public Health has said the death toll was likely to rise "as the condition of many of the injured is very serious."

At least 231 people were wounded in the attack.

Footage on Afghan television and photographs posted on social media showed a scene of horror and carnage, with numerous bodies and body parts spread across the square.