KABUL (Alliance News) - Islamic State on Wednesday claimed a suicide bombing on the Supreme Court in Afghanistan's capital Kabul that killed at least 21 civilians the previous afternoon.
In a statement released online by the militants' Khurasan province wing - an IS branch active in Afghanistan and Pakistan - the suicide bomber was identified as Abu Bakr al-Tajik, who "ignited an explosive belt in a group of judges and employees of the court."
Twelve men and nine women, as well as the bomber, died in the blast, while 41 others, including two children, were injured.
Analysts had expected the Taliban to be behind the blast. They have attacked the Afghan justice system numerous times over the years as they want to see the country under Islamic law, or sharia, only.
In 2016 alone, they had claimed 16 attacks on courts and judges, a UN report on the civilian victims of the Afghan war revealed on Monday. More may have gone unclaimed.
The attack was widely condemned, among them by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, the country's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, the UN, the EU and the US administration.
Islamic State has so far focused its attacks mostly on the Shiite minority in Afghanistan. In November, it had claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shiite mosque in Kabul, killing at least 28 people and wounding dozens of others.
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