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Bomb blast at busy Kabul market injures at least 22

At least 22 individuals had been injured after a bomb exploded in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital, on Saturday.

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The blast occurred in Kabul’s western district (Photo: File | Representative)

A bomb exploded in a busy procuring road in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Saturday and at least 22 individuals had been injured, hospital officers and witnesses mentioned.

The blast occurred in a western district of town the place members of the minority Shi’ite Muslim group repeatedly meet.

Video footage posted on-line confirmed ambulances speeding to the scene, which can also be close to bus stations.

A spokesman for the Taliban inside ministry mentioned an investigation workforce was at the blast web site to assist the wounded and assess casualties.

No militant group instantly claimed duty for the assault, which got here forward of Ashura, a commemoration of the martyrdom of Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Muhammad, which is marked primarily by Shi’ite Muslims.

On Friday, at least eight individuals had been killed and 18 injured in a blast in Kabul carried out by Islamic State, a Sunni Muslim militant group.

IS doesn’t management any territory in Afghanistan however does have lethal sleeper cells which have been focusing on spiritual minorities within the nation, in addition to Taliban patrols.

Sunni Muslim Taliban authorities, who took over Afghanistan in August final yr after a two-decade insurgency, have mentioned they would offer extra safety for Shi’ite mosques and different services.

Sayed Kazum Hojat, a Shi’ite spiritual scholar in Kabul, mentioned the Taliban authorities had ramped up safety forward of Ashura however ought to enhance vigilance for any threats.

No up-to-date census information exists, however estimates put the dimensions of Afghanistan’s Shi’ite group at between 10-20 per cent of the 39 million inhabitants, together with Persian-speaking Tajiks and Pashtuns in addition to Hazaras.

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