IS claims bombing attack on TV station bus that killed two

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AP) – The Islamic State (IS) group took responsibility yesterday for a roadside bomb attack against a bus belonging to a local TV station that killed two employees.

Deputy spokeswoman for the Afghan Interior Ministry Marwa Amini said four other station employees were wounded in Saturday afternoon’s attack in Kabul. In a statement on an IS-affiliate website, the group said the attack was against a bus carrying employees of Khurshid TV, a station it described as “loyal to the Afghan apostate government.”

Both the Taleban and the IS are active in the area, but IS has claimed the recent attacks on civilian targets while the Taleban have taken responsibility for military targets. IS has been increasingly active in Afghanistan after suffering battlefield losses to government and United States forces, as well as its Taleban rivals. Mohammad Rafi Sediqi, an official with Khurshid, confirmed the deaths of two employees. He said two of the wounded were in critical condition from a bombing that took place on the station’s eighth anniversary.

The attack came after the the expiration of a truce that Taleban and Afghan nationals security forces reached during the three-day Muslim holiday of Aidilfitri, which ended on Tuesday.

An Afghan security forces member inspects a bus carrying local TV station employees that hit a roadside bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan. PHOTO: AP