Kabul: The Taliban government stated that a separate bomb explosion in Kabul on Friday killed two people and injured four others. The Islamic State extremist group claimed responsibility.
“Two civilians have been killed and three others were wounded” when a bomb exploded on a minibus in the Dasht-e-Barchi district of the Afghan capital, the Taliban s interior ministry spokesman Sayed Khosti told reporters.
“In another explosion in the same area, one woman was wounded,” he added, specifying that the second blast was also a bomb.
Dasht-e-Barchi is largely populated by the mostly Shiite Hazara community, who for years have been the target of violence by the jihadist Islamic State-Khorasan group.
IS-K later claimed responsibility for the three bombings on buses carrying Shiites.
According to the organization’s message translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, a platform that monitors jihadist activities, the explosion eventually “destroyed the bus and caused dozens of deaths and injuries.”
Broken glass and damaged structures can be seen on and near the street where one of the explosions occurred.
In November, a similar bomb attack on a minibus in Dasht-e-Barchi killed two people and injured five others. IS-K also claimed to be involved in this attack.
The organization is a branch of the Islamic State, which established the so-called Caliphate in large areas of Iraq and Syria from 2014 to 2017-claiming responsibility for the suicide bombing of the Shiite mosque in Kandahar on October 15. The attack killed at least 60 people and scored more injuries.
A week ago, the organization claimed that another deadly mosque explosion occurred in northern Kunduz province, killing more than 60 people.
The Taliban vowed to smash this hostile Sunni extremist organization and crack down on the hideouts of jihadists, especially in the south and east of the country.
Friday s bus bombings included the first fatal attack reported by the Taliban for several weeks.
But Kabul has been hit by repeated blasts lately that the Taliban say have been non-fatal.
The Taliban came back to power after a two decade absence on August 15, when the previous government s resistance melted amid the final stages of a US military withdrawal from the country.
The Taliban s first stint in power lasted from 1996 to 2001, before a US invasion late that year toppled the Islamists.