ISIS claims responsibility for attack on mine-clearing workers in Afghanistan

Coffins of victims from the attack in Afghanistan's Baghlan province are placed on the ground at a hospital on June 9.

An Afghani ISIS affiliate, known as IS-K, has claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack on international demining charity, the Halo Trust, that left 10 people dead and 16 others wounded, the SITE Intelligence Group reported Wednesday.

The attack began at 9.50 p.m. local time, when a group of armed men entered a HALO camp in the northern Baghlan province "and went bed-to-bed murdering members of The HALO Trust," the charity's CEO James Cowan told CNN.
Around 110 men from local communities were in the camp at the time. Cowan said the gunmen demanded to know which team members were from the Shiite Hazara ethnic minority, adding that "when our staff refused to name them, the gunmen went from room to room murdering our staff."
    The Hazara have previously been targeted in attacks by IS-K, including last month's horrific attack on a girls' school in Kabul that left at least 85 people dead.
      Cowan said that local members of the Taliban -- which the Afghan government initially blamed for the attack -- came to the rescue during the attack.
      "The local Taliban came to our rescue and chased the assailants away," Cowan said.
      The Taliban, which is fighting to overthrow the Afghani government, denied involvement in the attack to Reuters.
        Cowan said that despite the attack -- and the expected withdrawal of US and NATO troops later this year -- the charity's de-miners "still have a job to do."
        "We could be fearful of what is happening in Afghanistan. But we were there before 9/11. A full decade before. We've been through all the ups and downs of life and death in Afghanistan. And now as the international community prepares to leave. We are going to stay," he said.