Relatives mourn over the coffin of a victim a day after a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail
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Afghanistan marked a national day of mourning on Sunday, a day after a suicide bomber killed at least 80 people who were taking part in a peaceful demonstration in Kabul. The attack was claimed by ISIS.Authorities say another 231 people were wounded, some seriously, in the bombing Saturday afternoon on a march by members of the ethnic Hazara community, who are predominantly Shiite Muslim. The attack was the first by ISIS on Kabul -- and the capital's worst since a vicious Taliban insurgency began 15 years ago -- raising concerns about the group's reach and capability in Afghanistan.The Taliban were quick to deny culpability for the Saturday attack, however, issuing a statement before ISIS claimed responsibility.The office of President Ashraf Ghani said that march organizers had been warned to call off the demonstration after intelligence was received that an attack was likely.The Enlighten Movement wished to have its own representatives, as well as others from international human rights organizations, involved in a commission Ghani has established to investigate the ISIS attack.The death toll in Saturday's attack was not yet finalized Sunday, according to the Interior Ministry.
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