Iraq’s al-Sadr holds Taliban responsible for bombing in Afghan’s capital

Iraqi Shiite cleric and political leader Moqtada al-Sadr delivers the Eid al-Fitr sermon during the Muslim holiday’s morning prayer at the Grand Mosque of Kufa near the central Iraqi shrine city of Najaf, some 160 kilometres south of the capital Baghdad, on June 05, 2019. – Muslims worldwide are celebrating Eid al-Fitr marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. (Photo by Haidar HAMDANI / AFP)

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Influential Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr held the Taliban government fully responsible for the bombings targeting the Shiite Afghans on Friday that killed at least 19 people.

A suicide attack at a tutoring center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday killed at least 19 people and wounded dozens, according to police.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.

Iraq Shiite Cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in a tweet said, “The hardline Taliban government, terrorizes Muslims, their mosques, and their prayers, instead of terrorizing the doomed triad.”

“This government is either satisfied with what is happening, or it is deficient in protecting its people, then it is a weak government, and the international community must intervene to end the suffering of a people who wanted life, but it is ruled by death cluster,” Sadr added.

Many of those living in the western area of Kabul where the blast occurred is “Hazaras”, an ethnic mostly Shiite Muslim minority targeted in past attacks launched by the ultra-radical Islamic State and others.

The official death toll is likely to rise, according to local sources.

A hospital source said 23 people had been killed. A Taliban source said 33 people had been killed and that female students were among the casualties.

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