On Saturday, according to reports a coach collided with a fuel tanker in Saudi Arabia. Four British nationals have died and 12 others have been injured, the fuel tanker driver was also killed on. On Sunday, a bomb was set off outside a voter registration centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, reminding the world that Afghanistan is still going through a war of its own.

A suicide bomber has killed at least 57 people and wounded many more outside a voter registration centre in Kabul, in an attack claimed by ISIL.

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Four British citizens were killed in a coach crash on Saturday. The crash occurred on Saturday near the western Saudi town of al-Khalas as the pilgrims were on a five-hour road trip between Mecca and Medina.

The coach was said to have 17 Britons on the bus with all the injured being taken to a hospital in Mecca. The reports have said that on Saturday the victims were on a pilgrimage when the coach they were in was hit by a fuel tanker, the truck then caught fire which caused the bus to set alight. The passengers were on the smaller Islamic journey of the Umrah pilgrimage and the company, Hashim Travel stated that they have specialised in Umrah and Hajj packages in the northwest of England for more than 20 years.

On Sunday, a suicide bomber claimed the lives of 57 people and injured a further 54 in an attack on a voter registration centre in Kabul, Afghanistan. The explosion is said to have echoed across the city, shattering windows and it has been confirmed that 5 children lay among the dead.

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ISIL have claimed responsibility for the attack by saying they had targeted Shia “apostates”. The latest ISIL attack within the region highlights the instability caused by Western intervention.

It has been well documented that the Afghan government haven’t been able to contain attacks by the Taliban and ISIL since NATO forces concluded their combat mission in 2014, a year that coincided with the rise of ISIL as a terrorist group. Both groups are against democratic elections and the Taliban often target government forces whilst ISIL target the Shia minority, the latter wants to impose an ultra-conservative Islamic rule on the nation, the same which is currently supported by the West in Saudi Arabia.