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  • » 06/16/2017, 10.48

    AFGHANISTAN

    Afghanistan: Isis attacks a mosque and conquers Bin Laden's refuge



    Tora Bora caves of symbolic value. Three attackers attacked a Shiite mosque. The Taliban condemn the attack on a place of worship. 

    Kabul (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Islamic militants have claimed control of Tora Bora, caves in the eastern Afghanistan that had been the stronghold of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and an attack on a Shiite mosque Capital where at least four people died.

    The network of caves is difficult to penetrate, and in December 2001 it was the subject of a bitter battle and intense bombing. The victory has a high symbolic value for Isis. The Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, confirmed Daesh's (Arabic Islamic State Acronym) conquest of Tora Bora: "We tried to resist, but we failed and seven of our mujaheddin were martyred in the fights." However, According to some witnesses, the Taliban fled at the arrival of ISIS militants.

    Isis also claimed an attack on the Zahra Shia mosque in which three civilians and one policeman died, injuring eight people. The three suspected militants tried to enter the building but were blocked by the police. During the clashes they hid in the kitchen, where two were killed by law enforcement and the third detonated a devise.

     The Taliban have instead condemned the attack, arguing that they do not strike places of worship.

    Last year several attacks on Afghan Shiites were claimed by ISIS, which considers them apostates. The Afghan capital has suffered several attacks since the beginning of Ramadan, including one that caused more than 150 deaths in the Kabul diplomatic quarter last May 31.

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