At least 3 blasts targetted a peaceful demonstration happening in Kabul today. The blasts took place only with few moments interval. People had gathered to protest against the injustice policies and discrimination against the Hazara minority in Afghanistan. Hazaras have been systematically persecuted in the past few decades, starting from Abdul Rehman khan to the previous government and the current unity government.
According to sources; number of casualties is feared to be around 61 dead and 207 inured. According to various national and international media outlets, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. Most of the people taking part in today’s demonstration were from the Hazara minority, mostly Shias. Looking in to ISIS’s background and their hatred for Shias globally, it is strongly possible that ISIS could be behind the attack.
The aim of today’s demonstration was to force the government to bring the power line project, also known as TUTA back to its actual route, which was Bamyan Maidan Wardak route (mostly Hazara populated area). The government along with the Brishna company in a discriminatory move changed the route of the power line project from Bamyan to Salang without approval of the donors, and purely due to discriminatory policies against Hazaras of central Afghanistan. Critics say the main reason behind changing the route of the power line project was to put Hazaras in to isolation.