The Taliban continues to launch deadly attacks, most recently in the capital Kabul where a bomb blast killed at least 15 people on Wednesday and, while the Afghan government is engaged in peace talks with the hard-line Taliban movement, radical Islamist groups are spreading their ideology at universities and to recruit new fighters, according to World Watch Monitor.
Basira Akhtar, a 22-year-old student, was beaten up twice earlier this year, at her university in the capital Kabul, when her headscarf slipped from her head. In both cases she was accused of being a bad Muslim and of promoting Christianity.
Radicalisation is growing, also among her professors, the law-student told the news site Gandhara, as reported by World Watch Monitor.
Since IS (Islamic State) was driven out of Iraq and Syria, it appears to have its sights set on Afghanistan where the group is expanding, reported AP.
“The core [of IS militants in Afghanistan] consists of many disgruntled Taliban splinter groups and, reportedly, some returning fighters from Syria. They will try to attack in Afghanistan, just like the Indonesian couple who bombed the cathedral in Jolo, Philippines, in January,” said Thomas Muller, research analyst with Open Doors’ World Watch Research unit.
“For Christians, this basically means that they need to continue to keep their faith hidden as well as possible,” he added.
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SOURCE: Assist News