Suicide bomber kills 8 after Afghan clerics outlaw suicide bombings
A motorcycle suicide bomber killed at least eight people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in Kabul after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings, officials said.
The bomb exploded at the entrance to a giant tent, near residential buildings in the west of Kabul, after most the clerics had left, a witness said. “People were wounded, people were shouting,” a witness told reports.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The Taliban, fighting to restore strict Islamic rule after their 2001 ouster at the hands of US-led troops, denied involvement.
More than 2,000 religious scholars from across the country began meeting on Sunday at the Loya Jirga (Grand Council) tent, denouncing years of conflict.
Militant group Islamic State has claimed responsibility for many attacks recently in Kabul but security officials say several are much more likely to be the work of the Haqqani network, a group affiliated with the Taliban.