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Suicide bomb targets Kabul meeting of 2,000 Afghan clerics who denounced terrorism

Suicide bomb targets Kabul meeting of 2,000 Afghan clerics who denounced terrorism
A suicide bomber has killed at least seven people and injured around 20 more in Kabul, targeting a gathering of religious leaders who had just issued a decree denouncing terrorism.

The incident is the latest in a string of terrorist attacks to hit the Afghan capital.

According to security officials, the suicide blast targeted the entrance of a Kabul compound where the Afghan Ulema Council was meeting in the city's 5th District. A group of around 2,000 Muslim clerics, scholars and leaders had issued a fatwa declaring suicide attacks forbidden, or “haram,” under the principles of Islam, shortly before Monday’s attack.

Local police have said seven people were killed in the blast, according to AP, although it is still unclear how many council members were among the dead. The clerics were meeting in a traditional tent. So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. The council reportedly called on the Afghan government forces, the Taliban, and other militants to stop fighting and urged for all parties to adopt a ceasefire for the first time.
Dozens of people have died in terrorist attacks across Kabul in recent months, with the bombings showing no sign of easing during the holy month of Ramadan.

Last week, gunmen stormed the headquarters of the Interior Ministry, battling security forces for several hours.

In April, two bomb blasts in Kabul killed at least 26 people, including nine journalists who had arrived at the scene of the initial attack and were subsequently targeted by a suicide bomber.

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A week earlier, 60 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when a suicide bomb was detonated outside a voter registration center.

A US government report released last month concluded that Washington has wasted billions of dollars since the 2001 invasion in an attempt to stabilize the country.

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