Afghan Shias in the firing line: ‘IS wants to wipe us out’

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Source: BBC News

Tears and wails of grief fill the air around a hilltop cemetery in the outskirts of Kabul. “Why did you leave us?” one distraught mother cries out. Another lovingly caresses the photograph of her dead child.

Families of about 50 students killed in a suicide bombing by the Islamic State group on a tuition centre in the Afghan capital in August have gathered here for a memorial service.

Many of the dead were just teenagers. All were from the Hazara community. Followers of the Shia sect of Islam who are believed to be descendants of the Mongols, Hazaras are hated by IS who view them as heretics. Armed soldiers stand guard around the graves in case of further attack.

Amongst those killed was 16-year-old Fatima. Her mother Amina tells me she used to weave carpets to pay for her schooling. One, unfinished, lies by the entrance to their small home. Fatima had been working on it the day she died.

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