After 35 Blasts in Kabul, Hazara Women’s Protest Called “Genocide”
Kabul: A suicide bombing in Kabul’s orbit caused 35 additional deaths, the United Nations said on Saturday, while Shia Hazara women who lost their loved ones in the attack staged a defiant protest against the “genocide” of their community.
A suicide bomber committed suicide in the capital’s Dasht-e-Barchi area on Friday when hundreds of students were taking exams to prepare for the university’s entrance exam. No single group has yet been held responsible for the current incident. Attacks on mosques, schools and women have previously been claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group, which views Shia as heretics.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said at least 35 people were killed and 82 more were injured in the attack. Security has been a touchy subject for the Taliban since it took control in August, and hardliners have often sought to reduce attacks that pose a threat to their regime.
About 50 women marched from a hospital in Dasht-e-Barchi, where several victims were being treated, to “Stop the Hazara massacre, it is not a crime to be Shia.” The protesters held a sign, “Stop killing thousands,” and they were wearing black hijabs and head scarves.
Witnesses claim that the suicide bomber blew himself up in the women’s section of the study hall. A protester named 19-year-old Farzana Ahmadi said yesterday’s attack was aimed at Hazara and Hazara girls. “We demand that this massacre stops. We had planned a rally to demand our rights.
Friday’s attack served as a “shameful reminder of the Taliban’s incompetence and utter incompetence as a de facto authority to secure the people of Afghanistan.”