Multiple casualties as Shi’ite area of Afghan capital hit by blast

Number of causalities reported, injured likely to rise

A magnetic bomb attached to a minivan exploded in a Shi’ite area of the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, a Taliban official confirmed.

A Taliban official, on the condition of anonymity told Reuters that six people had died and at least seven injured in the blast in western Kabul’s Dasht-e Barchi area.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet. According to local sources, the area is heavily populated by ethnic Hazaras.

The Hazaras have faced frequent attacks since the Taliban takeover in August.

On Friday, a mosque in Spin Ghar area of Nangarhar province in eastern Afghanistan was hit by an explosion during Friday prayers. In that attack, at least three people lost their lives and 15 were wounded as confirmed by Taliban officials.

Moreover, the Associated Press cited Qari Hanif, the government spokesman for Nangarhar Province, as saying that the cause of the explosion appeared to be a bomb planted inside the mosque.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s main spokesman, took to Twitter and said that a fire had broken out in the Dasht-e Barchi area of western Kabul, killing at least one civilian and injuring two others.

“An investigation was underway,” he said.

According to a local resident who spoke to the media, when he reached the area after a few minutes of the blast, “the flames were touching the sky”.

He said a friend, who had aided in carrying the injured to a hospital had said that at least three or four people had died.

Images shared on social media by journalists and locals showed flames and thick clouds of black smoke.

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