At least 10 civilians were killed and 51 others wounded in the rocket attack in Kabul on Saturday, according to a new report released on Sunday by the Afghan vice president, who promised to find the culprits.
“We will find the networks that have helped transport the materials [cohetes] used in the attack “, which was claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), declared Amrullah Saleh on Facebook.
The balance of Saturday gave account of 8 deaths.
The attackers fired 23 rockets into the center of Kabul, near the Green Zone where embassies and international companies are located, as well as the presidential palace and other government structures.
These explosions occurred in densely populated areas, including a hospital.
The IS released a statement assuming responsibility for the attack.
The jihadist group has already claimed responsibility for two of the bloodiest attacks in recent months, one against Kabul University in early November and another against an educational center in October, which left about 50 dead.
Afghan government officials nevertheless accused the Taliban or their allies of these attacks, as they did on Saturday.
During the last six months, the Taliban carried out 53 suicide attacks and 1,250 attacks, which caused 1,210 deaths and 2,500 injuries among civilians, Interior Ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said this week.
Violence persists throughout the country despite negotiations between Kabul and the insurgents since September 12.
Saturday’s attack took place shortly before meetings in Qatar’s capital Doha between US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and negotiators from the Taliban and the Afghan government.
Pompeo tried to pressure both sides to speed up the talks, while Washington continues to withdraw its troops from the country.
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