Islamic State suicide bomber kills 33 as Afghans celebrate new year

A suicide bomber linked to Islamic State struck on the road to a Shiite shrine in Afghanistan’s capital on Wednesday, killing at least 33 people as Afghans celebrated the Persian New Year, authorities said.

Wahid Majrooh, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, said 65 others were wounded in the attack, which was carried out by a bomber on foot.

Islamic State claimed responsibility in an online statement, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant websites. The group said the attack targeted “a gathering of Shiites celebrating Nowruz,” the Persian New Year.

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