Bomb explosion in minibus kills four, injures several in Kabul

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Since the Taliban took power in August, bombings have decreased across the country. However, attacks have increased lately
  • During Ramadan, dozens of civilians were killed in Kabul and other Afghan cities
  • Shia Hazara and Sufi communities have been the target of several of these attacks
Kabul: A bomb exploded in a minibus in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least four people and injuring several others. The blast in the eastern district of Kabul was the latest in a series of deadly attacks that have rocked Afghanistan in recent months.
Police spokesman Khalid Zadran told the news agency AFP that Taliban security personnel have been deployed to the area to investigate the blast.

It is not yet clear which group is responsible for the bombing that occurred in a neighborhood mostly populated by members of the Sunni Pashtun community.

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Since the Taliban took power in August, shelling has decreased across the country, but attacks have increased lately.

Dozens of civilians were killed in Kabul and other Afghan cities during Ramadan, which ended on April 30. Shia Hazara and Sufi communities have been the target of many of these attacks.

In some cases, bombs exploded on minibuses carrying passengers from markets or offices to their residences.

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But it was a bomb attack in Kunduz, a northern town, that claimed the most lives during Ramadan, where a bomb destroyed a mosque on April 22 targeting Sufi worshippers.

The explosion killed at least 33 people and injured many more.

At least nine people were killed and 15 injured on May 25 after three explosions rocked the provincial capital of Balkh. On the same day, at least two worshipers were killed in an explosion at the Masjid Sharif Hazrat Zakaria mosque in Kabul.

Rina Amiri, the US special envoy for women and human rights in Afghanistan, responded to the attacks in Balkh and Kabul by calling on the Taliban to keep people safe and prevent atrocities.

“The heinous attacks in Mazar and Kabul serve no purpose but to inflict more damage on innocent Afghans who have suffered enough,” Amiri tweeted, adding, “Preventing these horrific attacks and responding to security and needs of all Afghans should be the Taliban’s focus.

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