Taliban says bombers target Afghan minivans, killing seven people

Islamabad, Pakistan — A bomb attached to a packed minivan exploded on Saturday in western Herat, Afghanistan, killing at least seven civilians and injuring nine, Taliban officials said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the explosion, but Islamic State has been the country’s new Taliban leader in civilians and elsewhere in the country since the group seized power on August 15. Claimed the achievement of a similar attack on.

The bombing on Saturday was the first such attack in Herat. Local Taliban official Naeemulhaq Haqqani said the investigation was underway.

A Taliban intelligence officer in western Herat told The Associated Press that a bomb had been attached to the van’s fuel tank. He did not have the authority to disclose the information to the public, so he spoke on condition of anonymity.

Herat ambulance chief Ebrahim Mohamadi said the victims, three of whom were in critical condition, were transferred to a state hospital.

Since their return to power, the Taliban have imposed widespread restrictions, many of them directed at women.

A UN support mission in Afghanistan on Saturday called on the Taliban to find two female rights activists, Tamana Zaryab Pariani and Parawana Ibrahimkel, who disappeared from Kabul on Wednesday.

“We provide the Taliban with information about their whereabouts and urge them to protect the rights of all Afghans,” UNAMA said in a tweet on Saturday. The Taliban have denied their involvement in their disappearance.

Witnesses said at least 10 armed people claiming to be Taliban intelligence invaded Kabul’s apartment on Wednesday, arresting Tamana Zaryab Pariani and her three sisters.

Women’s rights activists posted a video on social media shortly before they were taken away, showing that they were frightened, out of breath, and screaming for help. She said the Taliban was knocking on her door.

Pariani was one of about 25 women who participated in a compulsory Islamic scarf for women, or an anti-Taliban protest against the hijab last weekend.

By TameemAkhgar

Associated Press