At least 80 people were killed in the explosion on the square Dehmazang in the Afghan capital. More than two hundred people were injured, many of them heavy, so the death toll could rise. Responsibility for the terrorist attack carried out by a suicide bomber, took the so-called “Islamic state” (ISIS — banned terrorist group. — “MK”). For jihadists, two years ago, who took control of significant territory in Iraq and Syria, it was the first experience of implementation of a major terrorist attack in Afghanistan.
As already wrote “MK”, Afghanistan is among the countries where ISIS — in the case of loss of control over lands in Syria and Iraq may try to gain a foothold. The main reason is drug trafficking, which can bring the jihadists revenue (until the main profit terrorists receive illegal oil sales).
Despite the fact that the Taliban (banned in Russia. — “MK”), the sphere of influence is traditionally considered to be Afghanistan, and ISIL are terrorist organizations, in fact between them there is tough competition. “Islamic state” not only did not wait for the oath from the Taliban (although it agreed to a number of other terrorist organizations), but negatively related to their regional ambitions (in contrast to private plans build a worldwide Caliphate), as well as luring some militants of the movement to his side.
Taliban blast in Kabul in hot pursuit disown, calling it an attempt to foment a civil war.
It is worth noting that crowded square in Kabul was due to the demonstration held by residents of Hazara provinces — that is predominantly Shia.
And the jihadists of the “Islamic state” is advantageous to create by their actions the tensions between the Shiite and Sunni parts of the population of Afghanistan. After all, if after the terrorist attack in Kabul, the Shia will enter into open conflict with the Sunnis, the latter may be interested in the arrival of ISIS and will support them.
Such processes are already observed in Iraq and Syria. The reason is simple: skillfully manipulating public opinion in the occupied — that is, a predominantly Sunni territory, the militants have convinced part of the local population, as if fighting for their interests against the Shia.
Active penetration of the ISIS in Afghanistan became known last year, local security forces have repeatedly reported on clashes between Taliban and ISIL. But a major terrorist attack in Afghanistan while the last was not solved.Related posts: