A massive explosion hit a Hazara-Shiite mosque in Balkh province, killing at least 50 and injuring more than 100. The suicide attack has taken place on Hazara worshipers in Mazar-e-Sharif. IS-Khurasan is said to have claimed responsibility for the attack. This attack was unprecedented in its kind.
This is the second time in a week that Hazaras have been attacked by suicide bombers and have been killed collectively. So far, various institutions and embassies have condemned the attacks. These include the National Resistance Front, the Iranian Embassy, Amnesty International, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, and UNAMA.
“We strongly condemn todays horrific attacks against civilians in Afghanistan,” UNAMA said in a statement. “This must end immediately and perpetrators must be held accountable.”
Amnesty International has also said that the killing of civilians requires practical measures to prevent it, not just condemnation. “The killing of Afghan civilians, specifically the Hazaras, must end immediately,” said Samira Hamidi from Amnesty International. She called the attacks “the genocide of the Hazaras” and called for an end to the attacks.
Earlier, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, the Iranian Embassy in Kabul, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, the National Resistance Front, Hamid Karzai, Abdullah Abdullah and a number of other political figures and jihadi leaders also condemned the attack.
The Hazara community have been the most vulnerable group in Afghanistan during the course of history. Persecution of this ethnic group is deeply rooted in the history of Afghanistan. In addition to decades and centuries of deprivation from their political rights, Hazaras experienced the worst of their time, similar to the time of Abdur Rahman Khan, known as the brutal king of his era during the time of Taliban regime in the 1990s.
After tolerating five years of discriminations, tortures, humiliation, mass killing by the Taliban in the 1990s, an era of hope shined for Hazaras with the overthrown of the cruel regime by NATO forces in 2001.
Though their presence in the government during the past two decades had been more of like a symbolic representation, but the environment was enabled in private and education sector that could empower them literally and financially.
With the emergence of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the former president in 2014, the environment for all the other ethnics, particularly for Hazaras changed. Since 2014, 40 brutal cases of attacks have been recorded on the Hazara community across the country.
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