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Afghan volunteers carry the bodies of victims at the scene of a suicide attack that targeted crowds of minority Shiite Hazaras during a demonstration at the Deh Mazang Circle of Kabul on July 23,2016.
 A powerful explosion on July 23, ripped through crowds of minority Shiite Hazaras in Kabul who had gathered to protest over a power line, killing at least 20 people and leaving 160 others wounded, officials said. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast, but it comes in the middle of the Taliban's annual summer offensive, which the insurgents are ramping up after a brief lull during the recent holy fasting month of Ramadan. The scene of the blast was littered with charred bodies and dismembered limbs, with ambulances struggling to reach the scene as authorities had overnight blocked key intersections with stacked shipping containers to impede movement of the protesters. / AFP / WAKIL KOHSAR

Kabul: ISIS claims attack leaving over 80 dead

By: Ayaz Gul Source: VOA News ISLAMABAD, PAKISISTAN – The ISIS terror group claimed credit for a bomb attack in Kabul on Saturday that killed at least 80 people and wounded 231 others during a protest rally. An Afghan Interior Ministry statement said three suicide bombers attacked the peaceful demonstration. It said one of them detonated his device among the protesters, one mistakenly killed only himself, and  a third was shot dead by security forces guarding the rally. A website linked to ISIS claimed responsibility for the violence. A statement said the attack was meant to warn Afghanistan’s ethnic Hazaras, who are mostly Shi’ite Muslims, to stop joining the Syrian...

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Protesters throw stones towards Indian police during a protest against the killing of Burhan Wani, a separatist militant leader, in Srinagar, July 10, 2016. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Kashmir: 20 dead in wake of slaying of separatist leader

By: Fayaz Bukhari Source: Reuters via MuslimVillage SRINAGAR (Reuters) – Four protesters and a police officer were killed in India’s northern Jammu and Kashmir state on Sunday, police said, raising the death toll in violence sparked by the death of a separatist militant to 20 since Friday. Protests erupted after security services on Friday evening shot dead 22-year-old militant leader Burhan Wani. His death came amid a rise in violence and separatist sentiment across the state, which has been at the center of a tussle between India and Pakistan for decades. The director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police, K. Rajendra Kumar, told reporters that 100 members of the security...

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Fence, checkpoints planned between Pakistan and Afghanistan

By: Ayaz Gul Source: VOA News ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – Pakistan plans to fence its long, porous border with Afghanistan after construction of checkpoints at all established crossings is completed, a top government adviser said Tuesday. Tariq Fatemi, a close aide to the prime minister on foreign policy, said in Islamabad that “border management mechanisms” were being implemented not to close the frontier but to facilitate “an orderly and documented” cross-border movement, and to ensure safety and security of the two countries. “For this purpose, we are establishing proper, well-organized and professionally manned check posts,” Fatemi said. “We also intend...

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