An explosion rocked the capital of Afghanistan Saturday with ISIS now claiming responsibility.
The bomb went off during a peaceful demonstration by the Hazara minority group near Kabul University. Authorities report 80 people were killed and more than 200 were injured when the blast occurred.
ISIS is a Sunni Muslim group but targeted Shia Muslim demonstrators who were marching for more electricity to be put in their area of habitation and protested a planned power line route change. The Shia minority group is known as the Hazaras. The two Muslim groups, while they do share a common belief in Islam, often war with one another over theological differences.
According to CNN, Fatima Faizi, an Afghan freelance journalist said, “I saw tens of people laying down in blood around me and hundreds of people running away from the scene.”
Western Journalism obtained two videos of the scene. The first shows the relatively peaceful moments before the attack took place.
Deadly explosion rips through Hazara demonstration in Kabulhttps://t.co/yrw4uf2bgo
— YouTube Newswire (@ytnewswire) July 23, 2016
The second video reveals footage of the aftermath. (Warning: the video link below is extremely graphic) The scene shows the carnage the two suicide bombers were able to inflict with bodies lying all around. The initial death toll started out with about 20 murders being reported, but those numbers soon climbed to over 80.
— Reza Ahmadi (@RezaAhmadiHazar) July 23, 2016
The attack was the worst in recent months in Afghanistan and ISIS claimed responsibility in an online statement. The two murderers wore explosive suicide belts. (For more from the author of “ISIS Suicide Bombers Attack Shia Minority Group, Kill Over 80” please click HERE)