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Islamic State claims attack on Sikhs, Hindus in Afghanistan

The Islamic State group today claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in eastern Afghanistan that killed at least 20 people, mostly Sikhs and Hindus.

The bomber targeted a delegation from the minority communities as it was travelling to the governor’s residence in the eastern city of Jalalabad yesterday for a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani.

Avtar Singh Khalsa, a longtime leader of the Sikh community, was among those killed. Another 20 people were wounded.

In a statement released today, the IS said it had targeted a group of “polytheists”.

Source: AIR