Magnetic bomb explosion in van kills 6 in predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Kabul

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A magnetic bomb attached to a van exploded today in the predominantly Shiite neighborhood of Kabul, killing at least six people and injuring several. The explosion took place in the Dasht-e Barchi area, west of Kabul, according to a Taliban official.

An eyewitness to the explosion reported that the Taliban officials sealed off the place of the explosion, “We heard a huge explosion in the minibus carrying commuters in the locality of Mahtab Qala of the Dashti Bari region. The whole place has now been cordoned off by the forces Taliban Security »

The explosion took place on the main avenue which crosses Dashti Barchi, a district of Kabul heavily people by the Shia Hazaras, who became the target of a series of attacks carried out by the Islamic State in the province of Khorasan (ISIS-K) – the local affiliate of the terrorist group ISIS.

A local man named Ismail said: “When I arrived I saw the big flames,” adding: “It was a minivan that was targeted by a sticky bomb. Another witness told AFP: “I was in my car and an explosion occurred in the vehicle in front of us. He was completely burned. The witness said the blast happened near a Taliban-manned checkpoint and gunshots were briefly heard immediately afterwards.

The bus driver, who survived the blast, told media at the hospital that at one point during his journey a suspicious man got on the bus and minutes later the blast went off. triggered at the rear of the bus. Driver Murtaza said some people in the back of the bus fell out of the minibus with their clothes on fire, while others escaped through the front door.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s main spokesman, reportedly tweeted that a fire had broken out in the Dasht-e Barchi area west of Kabul. Mujahid said the fire killed at least one civilian and injured two others and an investigation was ongoing.

Yesterday, a high-intensity bomb attack occurred at a mosque in Traili town, Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan on Friday afternoon. The explosion occurred in front of a mosque in the Spin Ghar district around 1:30 p.m., during Namaz on Friday. The explosion killed at least three people and injured more than 35, including the imam of the mosque.

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