KABUL, Afghanistan – Separate bombs hit two minibuses in a predominantly Shiite neighborhood in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday, killing at least seven people and injuring six others, the interior ministry said.
The blasts targeted minibuses on the same road just over a kilometer apart in an area in western Kabul, Interior Ministry deputy spokesman Ahmad said. Zia Zia.
It was not immediately clear what type of bombs were used, and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks.
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The Islamic State group carried out similar bombings in the region, including four attacks on four minibuses earlier this month that killed at least 18 people.
The first explosion left six dead and two injured and the second explosion in front of Muhammad Ali Jinnah Hospital, where a majority of Covid-19 patients are admitted, left one dead and four injured.
The area where the blasts occurred is largely populated by the Hazara ethnic minority group which is mostly made up of Shia Muslims. Shiites are a minority in predominantly Sunni Afghanistan, and the local Islamic State affiliate has declared war on them.
Violence and chaos continue to escalate in Afghanistan as the United States and NATO continue to withdraw the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 US troops and 7,000 Allied forces.
The last soldiers will be gone on September 11 at the latest.