Perhaps the worldwide Muslim community will now unite and truly condemn ISIS as it expands its terror to other Muslims. In the West, liberals and Islamapologists (generally one and the same) will say this terror may be somehow our fault, because of our own Crusades and incursions into nations like Iraq and Afghanistan. Places we should never be in, in the first place.
But the ISIS brand of radical Islam is intent on destroying ANYone it sees as inconsistent with its strict Sunni faith, including other Muslims.
CNN reports ISIS is claiming responsibility for killing dozens of people during a peaceful demonstration by a minority group in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday.
“I saw tens of people laying down in blood around me and hundreds of people running away from the scene,” said Fatima Faizi, an Afghan freelance journalist.
So far, 64 bodies (now updated to at least 80) and more than 260 wounded people were taken to hospitals in Kabul, according to Ismail Kawoosi, a spokesman for the Afghan Health Ministry
The attack, the worst in terms of casualties in several weeks, drew attention to ISIS instead of the Taliban, which had been credited with recent bombings.
Two ISIS fighters detonated their suicide belts among the protesters, according to ISIS’ media wing, Amaq.
The jihadist terrorist group has been stepping up attacks worldwide — and most recently in Afghanistan — while losing territory in its self-proclaimed caliphate in Iraq and Syria.
The blast in Kabul on Saturday afternoon happened during a demonstration by members of the Hazara, a Shiite minority group, near the Afghan Parliament building and Kabul University.
The group was demanding a large power project that could potentially ensure a power supply through their home Bamyan province, a relatively isolated area west of Kabul.
Accounting for up to one-fifth of Afghanistan’s population, Hazaras, a Persian-speaking people who mainly live in central Afghanistan, have long been branded outsiders for their Shia faith and far Asian features in the country dominated by followers of the Sunni branch of Islam, according to a 2008 National Geographic article.
While some might say “let them fight each other” that is no excuse for not ensuring our own citizens are safe from the growing threat. And it is certainly no excuse for not expressing condolences for innocent lives brutally snuffed out.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]