ISIS claims Afghanistan explosion that killed dozens and injured more than 260 people

UPDATE 19:02: The death toll in Saturday's bombing in Kabul has risen to 80, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry. Three suicide attackers carried out the bombing, according to an Afghan security official speaking on condition of anonymity.

18:41: ISIS is claiming responsibility for killing dozens of people during a peaceful demonstration by a minority group in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, reports CNN.

"I saw tens of people laying down in blood around me and hundreds of people running away from the scene," said Fatima Faizi, an Afghan freelance journalist.

So far, 64 bodies and more than 260 wounded people were taken to hospitals in Kabul, according to Ismail Kawoosi, a spokesman for the Afghan Health Ministry

The attack, the worst in terms of casualties in several weeks, drew attention to ISIS instead of the Taliban, which had been credited with recent bombings.

Two ISIS fighters detonated their suicide belts among the protesters, according to ISIS' media wing, Amaq.

The jihadist terrorist group has been stepping up attacks worldwide - and most recenlty in Afghanistan - while losing territory in its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

The blast in Kabul on Saturday afternoon happened during a demonstration by members of the Hazara, a Shiite minority group, near the Afghan Parliament building and Kabul University.
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