Afghanistan: Dozens Killed In ISIL Attack Near Kabul University

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The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing near a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan's capital that targeted minority Shiites celebrating the Persian new year. He says the attacker was on foot.

Kabul had been on alert for attacks over the Nawruz holiday but the bomber was still able to detonate his explosives as people were leaving the Kart-e Sakhi shrine in the west of the city.

The MoI has confirmed 26 killed however Kabul's acting police chief Dawood Amin said 23 people were killed and 25 were wounded.

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Blood stains and belongings are pictured on the road at the site of a suicide bombing attack in Kabul.

Many in the crowd were belong to Shiite community.

The blast comes days after a Taliban suicide attacker blew up a bomb-laden vehicle in the Afghan captial, causing multiple casualties.

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The Taliban, Afghanistan's largest militant group, faces growing pressure to take up a recent offer by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani of peace talks to end the 16-year war.

This latest suicide attack underscores the growing challenge facing Afghan and foreign forces to protect the already heavily militarised city.

Last Tuesday, on the eve of Nowruz, interior ministry officials had said that there was enough security for the celebration.

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Police cordoned off the area following the blast.

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