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Kabul Suicide Attack: At Least 28 Killed, 18 Injured Amid New Year Celebration

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| April 22 , 2018 , 12:47 IST

A suicide bomber blew himself up near a shrine in Kabul on Wednesday, killing at least 26 people and wounding 18. At the time of the blast, the Afghan capital was celebrating the Nawruz holiday marking the start of the Persian new year.

The latest blast in a series to have hit targets in Kabul came at the time when people were walking away from the shrine, near the city’s main university.

Nasrat Rahimi, deputy interior ministry spokesman, said the bomber blew himself up near the Kart-e Sakhi shrine, a target of previous militant attacks.

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IS claimed responsibility for the attack in a message posted by the group's Amaq news agency. Kabul for a long time is in underline of threats from militant attacks despite government promises to tighten security in the wake of previous attacks.

Previously, almost 100 people were killed in January in Kabul in a Taliban suicide attack in a secure zone home to government offices and foreign embassies.

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Also in January, Taliban militants killed 22 people in a luxury Kabul hotel

Nawruz, an ancient Persian celebration of the start of spring, is widely celebrated in Afghanistan but has also faced opposition from some fundamentalist Muslims, who say it is un-Islamic.