Kabul bomb attack leaves at least nine dead

  • Kabul bomb attack leaves at least nine dead

Kabul bomb attack leaves at least nine dead

The attack on Shiites in Kabul at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the death of one of their leaders was claimed by the extremist Islamic State group.

The US on Friday announced a United States dollars 5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Maulana Fazlullah, the chief of the banned terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan which has carried out several deadly attacks, including the 2014 Peshawar school massacre in which over 150 people, mostly students, were killed.

A Taliban attacker killed over 100 people and injured more than 230 others after driving an ambulance filled with explosives into the heart of the city on January 27.

Hailing Afghanistan's decision of initiating a new peace plan to the Taliban to end violence, Akbaruddin stated, "The Afghan Government issued a new call for peace and proposed a concrete approach to the Taliban to join the mainstream".

The State Department posted the reward for information leading to the identification or location of Maulana Fazlullah, the head of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan militant group (TTP). They had been hiding in the mountainous region of Afghanistan and planned to use it as a base from which to carry out attacks in Pakistan, the officials said.

On Thursday night, Taliban fighters attacked a joint army and police outpost in the northern province of Takhar, killing seven soldiers and 10 policemen, according to Khalil Aseer, a provincial police spokesman.

Police said a lone bomber on foot approached a mosque where people were gathering to commemorate the 1995 death of Abdul Ali Mazari, a Hazara militia leader who was killed by the Taliban.

The attack is the latest in a string of violent incidents in the Afghan capital and the country as a whole.

The Pakistani intelligence officials said Wednesday's drone strike in Kunar, an undeveloped and thickly forested province on the two countries' border, took place during a visit by senior TTP figures prior to sending the militants into Pakistan.

He also expressed sympathy with the bereaved families of the victims.

While Western officials have hailed Ghani's offer as a positive step, they have told AFP that it is far too early to tell if it will lead anywhere.

Fazlullah's is the son-in-law of a Sufi Mohammad, a radical anti-U.S. cleric who was recently freed by Pakistan.