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UN declares Kabul attack a war crime

Kabul was in mourning yesterday after the deadliest attack there in 15 years left 80 people dead and 230 injured.

Saturday's twin suicide bombings, claimed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), sparked global condemnation, with the United Nations labelling it a war crime.

"I promise you that I will avenge the blood of our loved ones," Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said.

The site of the attack, which targeted Afghanistan's minority Shiite Hazara community, has been renamed Martyr's Square. The area remained littered with scorched metal, charred flesh and personal items.

Another attack, in Iraq, left 21 people dead and 35 injured yesterday. A suicide bomber struck near a checkpoint in a Shi'ite area of Baghdad.

It has been a deadly month for ISIS attacks. A blast in Baghdad's central Karrada district on July 3 killed 292 people, while an attack on a Shi'ite shrine in Balad, north of the capital, left 40 dead a few days later.

ISIS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad in 2014, but Iraqi forces have regained a lot of ground and are preparing to recapture Mosul, the last ISIS-held city in the country. The terror group has responded with attacks on civilians. - Wires

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