Kabul attack MAY 31 2017 (Image: Mohammad Ismail/Reuters)

Ramadan of Violence

Amidst the call for peace during the holiest month of Islam, Ramadan, the Islamic State has called upon its followers to commit heinous acts of indiscriminate terror.

During the initial days of Ramadan, which began at sundown on May 26th, hundreds died. Most of the dead were women and children. Even the Taliban, currently in the middle of their traditional Ramadan offensive, denied involvement in the targeting of civilians.

On May 28th, an ISIS attack in Egypt killed 28 Coptic Christians. On May 31st, an ISIS attack in Afghanistan killed 90. In Kabul, a sewage truck loaded with over 1,500 kilograms of high explosives smashed over the barricades in front of the German Embassy. The Suicide Vehicle Bourne Explosive Device (SVBIED) detonated, immediately killing 9 Afghan guards stationed in the outer perimeter of the embassy. 11 American contractors were wounded as shrapnel flew through the fence and between the bomb shields.

In total the attack, reminiscent of the 2008 attack on the US Embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, killed 90 people and injured hundreds more, most of whom were civilians.

Kabul attack, German Embassy, May 31, 2017 [Mohammad Ismail/Reuters]
Kabul bombing May 31, 2017 (Twitter)
Kabul attack May 31, 2017 (Twitter)