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ISIS claims killing of Afghan journalist in Kabul bomb attack

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ISIS on Sunday claimed responsibility for a bomb attack on a minibus in the Afghan capital Kabul that killed a journalist and wounded four others.

The attack happened on Saturday in Kabul's Dasht-e-Barchi suburb, an area dominated by members of the mostly Shia Hazara community, which for years has been the target of violence by ISIS.

ISIS-Khorasan, the local branch of the extremist group, claimed the attack in a statement on its Telegram channels.

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Hamid Seighani, a well-known Afghan journalist who worked for the Ariana News television network, died in the blast.

ISIS-K boasted it had killed and injured “20 Shia apostates” including a journalist, saying it had placed bombs on buses.

Since the Taliban returned to power on August 15, dozens of bombs have been set off in eastern Nangarhar province -- a hotbed of ISIS activity -- but Kabul has largely escaped such violence.

However, ISIS fighters on November 2 raided the city's National Military Hospital, killing at least 19 people and injuring more than 50 others.

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