Recent terrorist attacks allegedly carried out by members of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan have spread fear among Afghans who believed peace had returned after a regime change in the war-torn country.
“I was very happy after the Taliban invasion in August, because I believed that suicide attacks and bombings would not happen again. But my hopes and aspirations for peace were dashed after we had seen a series of bombings, killings and disappearances in recent weeks. Said Xinhuas, a resident of Kabul, Sayyed Hashmat.
Earlier Wednesday, the IS terrorist group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on the country’s largest military hospital in the capital Kabul, according to a statement from the group cited in numerous reports.
The attack occurred on Tuesday when five IS members armed with guns and suicide vests attacked the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital in a diplomatic neighborhood, killing seven people, including three women, a child and three Taliban members.
Among those killed was Maulvi Hamdullah, a key Taliban member who led the counterattack, according to numerous sources.
Hamdullah was the first high-ranking Taliban figure to enter the Afghan presidential palace after the Taliban seized power on August 15, when former administration officials fled the country.
At least 20 people were injured and clashed with gunfire inside Kabul hospital.
“We are now in fear of terrorist attacks by DAESH or IS militants. Everywhere, any country can be the target of IS bombings as we are witnessing them attacking airports and mosques as well as Taliban vehicles in major cities in recent weeks. Said Hashmat resident, who runs a small business in Kabul.
“After the regime change, business and the economy are collapsing,” he said.
The IS group has claimed responsibility for several deadly attacks across the country since mid-August.
On August 26, the group launched a deadly suicide attack on a gate of Kabul International Airport that killed about 180 people, including 13 U.S. soldiers, and wounded more than 200 others as a U.S.-led evacuation operation was under way.
The group also carried out three suicide bombings against mosques in Kabul, north of Kunduz and the southern provinces of Kandahar, killing more than 100 people and wounding nearly 250 others, in addition to bombings against Taliban vehicles in Kabul, Jalalabad and eastern Kunar province.
Also Tuesday, Hijratullah Khogianiwal, a civil society activist, and his brother were killed after gunmen in a car shot at them in Jalalabad, according to local media reports.
Locals found two bodies after they were executed and hanged on trees in Nangarhar’s Chaparhar district early Tuesday morning. There were no details about the killings.
Meanwhile, another Kabul resident and government official, Naqibullah Haidari, said that “IS militants were not only attacking innocent people today, but they have also killed many people during the previous government.”
“I do not know what is happening in my country. We are fed up with constant killings and explosions. All groups claim to be doing well and working for Islam. “But they are killing mostly innocent people,” said one resident.
“Attacking civilians, worshipers in mosques and public buildings such as hospitals is immoral and there is no justification,” he said.
Local media reported that members of the security forces of the previous administration had joined the IS group, while the Taliban spokesman dismissed the reports as unfounded.
Mujahid said the Taliban security forces were capable enough to strike any terrorist group and would not allow any Afghan land to be used against any country.
Senior Taliban officials, Afghan politicians and the UN mission in Afghanistan strongly condemned Tuesday’s attack.
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