Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran slams terrorist attack in Kabul

Iran slams terrorist attack in Kabul

The Loya Jirga tent where thousands of clerics from across Afghanistan were meeting is on the campus.

An Afghan security personnel gestures as he guards the site of an attack in Kabul. It later said a total of 18 people were wounded in the explosion.

The myriad attacks since 2017 included two of the deadliest in the city since the United States invasion: a truck bomb on May 31, 2017 that killed more than 150 people, and an ambulance bomb on January 27 this year which killed more than 100.

Balegh told the participants that the clerics were not in favor of foreign troops in Afghanistan and that the scholars should work for a grander convocation of religious figures to find a way to end the war. Two policemen were wounded, he added.

Seven of victims were clerics who had been invited from various parts of Afghanistan by President Ashraf Ghani's government, which has been seeking to make peace with the Taliban.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which underlines deteriorating security ahead of parliamentary and district council elections set for October 20.

Earlier on Monday, the council had issued an Islamic ruling, or "fatwa", against suicide attacks, branding them "haram", or forbidden, by Islam.

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"The ongoing war in Afghanistan is illegal and has no root in Sharia (Islamic) law", the statement said.

The fatwa also said that killing people by any means - such as bombs and suicide attacks - as well as violent acts, including robbery and kidnapping, count as sins in Islam.

The religious scholars repeated their call on the Taliban to accept the Afghan government's "unconditional" peace offer.

No group has yet claimed the attack, but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are stepping up their headline-grabbing assaults on the heavily fortified capital, making it the most deadly place in the country for civilians. The clerics also appealed to the government and its adversaries, primarily - the Taliban movement, calling for a cease-fire and peace negotiations.

There have been a series of bombings in Kabul that have claimed the lives of several people over the last few months.

Meanwhile, the Taliban has stepped up its attacks against Afghan security forces as well as government officials across the country since the announcement of its spring offensive in April.

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